So You Thought You Knew the Meaning of ‘Garden Path’

A brain teaser is a good way to pass a little time. If you think a garden path is only a defined route in a garden, you are wrong. It is also a type of sentence that can cause our brains to jump to an expected conclusion about the sentence's meaning – and be totally wrong. [...]

So You Thought You Knew the Meaning of ‘Garden Path’2018-11-16T14:44:34+00:00

A Higher Resolution

It’s nearly mid-January, and how are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? The practice of marking the turning of the year can be traced back some 4000 years to the early agrarian societies and animal sacrifices in the hopes of some particular good fortune. Now, and after none other than Julius Caesar designated January 1st [...]

A Higher Resolution2018-01-10T21:26:58+00:00

Pop Goes The Cork

Popping the cork on champagne is always a sign that good times are meant to start. Lopping the top of the bottle off with a well-placed swipe of a sabre is far more dramatic, if risky, and seldom if ever seen or done now. Sabering the bottle is historic and romantic, but if you manage to [...]

Pop Goes The Cork2018-01-10T21:14:31+00:00

Saint Valentine Comes to Third Street South

Every February 14, whether you love it or loathe it, is Valentine’s Day, celebrated throughout the United Unites and elsewhere globally. It is a day shrouded in the colors of red and pink, bouquets of roses and bottles of wine, boxes of chocolate and, for some, hoped-for even smaller boxes of jewelry. It is also, evidently, [...]

Saint Valentine Comes to Third Street South2017-02-14T11:29:16+00:00

In 2017, Greenery (The Color) Is In

The Pantone Color Institute, apparently the arbiter of the significance of paint colors, based presumably on paint sales or trying to sell paint – declared Rose Quartz and Serenity, their complementary (or dueling) 2016 colors of the year, and now are jettisoning them in favor of the 2017 prediction: Greenery. Announced as bright, shiny, full of [...]

In 2017, Greenery (The Color) Is In2016-12-31T11:37:58+00:00

Champagne Dreams

Sacre bleu, quelle horreur, and a dash of mon dieu thrown in for good measure – word has it that a champagne shortage could be impending, courtesy of a perfectly imperfect combination of abysmal weather, mildew and something ominous-sounding called "grey rot." All culminating in allegedly the least productive growing season for champagne since the 1950s. [...]

Champagne Dreams2016-11-27T17:30:46+00:00