It’s the middle of February, and you know what that means: Valentine’s Day, one of the year’s most controversial holidays, is upon us. Similarly celebrated and hated, fussed over or made fun of, this all-sorts saint’s day is nonetheless an inexorability of our buy-or-die culture. Everywhere, from the corner grocery store to the gas station… Continue reading Are You Heart of Hearing?
Scribbleskiff is sitting in dry-dock for a spell. We’re taking some time away from the business of busyness to rest and clear out the scuppers, so to speak, to restock our supplies, chart new courses, and ready ourselves for the next adventure. For instance, we’re keeping our weather eye trained on the approaching, unusually large waves… Continue reading A Triple Trifecta of Trivial Treats
“I never travel far without a little Big Star.” When I first heard Paul Westerberg of The Replacements sing those words back in 1987, in the bridge to a tribute song called “Alex Chilton,” I took them at face value. They seemed like a boast, a call to arms, even. I didn’t know what Big… Continue reading It’s a ’70s Thing: Learning to Fall in Love Again With the Songs of Alex Chilton
Dear Reader: How are things with you? We here at Scribbleskiff have been very busy lately, preparing for and trying to enjoy the holidays. We’ve been trimming trees, decking halls, lighting lights, as well as reading, listening, sipping, supping, and writing ourselves silly. We ought to change our name to “Scrabbleskiff” it’s been so frenetic… Continue reading A Sackful of Ideas for Last-Minute Gift-Giving the Scribbleskiff Way
Scribbleskiff is staying in port this week. We’re taking a little extra time to rest from the recent business of busyness, making a few needed adjustments after receiving an overload of plenitude (though we’re still not sure if fare was fowl or fowl was fare) and discovering an understockage of clever. But that doesn’t mean… Continue reading Posting from Port: Taking Some Time for Resting, Readying, and Rereading
I’ve always liked the word quietude. I like the way it sounds. I like the way it feels when you say it, the way your mouth makes a series of quick shapes, from a pucker to a smile and back again. I like the way the word sounds like it means — it’s a grander,… Continue reading A Playlist of New Tunes for Quiet Moods (with a Touch of Attitude)
Scribbleskiff is sitting in dry dock at the moment (sadly, though, not this one), for the first time in more than a year. We’re taking a little time to clear out the scuppers, so to speak, to restock supplies, and chart new courses. We’ve got our eyes fixed on the wave of new summer beers… Continue reading Staying Put in Port, for the Moment