Dresden Plates

My grandmother, Mildred, was born in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1902. She died in Windom, Minnesota, in 1974....more

Wine for the Holidays: How to Find the Perfect Wine with Zero Stress

I’ve been working in the wine industry for 13 years now.  Through all of the years that I’ve been the wine selector for holiday meals with the family, holiday parties with friends, or wine events that I’ve hosted and organized for wineries/wine companies I’ve learned a few things. And what I learned is to simplify because getting complicated about wine just isn’t necessary....more

Gina Biggs’ Brave New World Themed Webcomic Is a Must Read

 Gina Biggs' New Webcomic Love Not Found I am completely new to webcomics (online comics or Internet comics), so I was glad when i09 ran an article on Gina Biggs’ new comic series titled Love Not Found. What intrigued me most about the comic was its similarity to one of my favorite books, Brave New World.In Love Not Found, Biggs sets her comic in the future where humans have no need to engage in any kind of physical contact for communication, romance or procreation, machines do all the work!Abeille, who recently moved to a Monotopa for a change in her life, finds herself adjusting to this new way of life. Though she might be a little lonely she seems content, until the day she runs into Miel, literally touching and all. Since touching is not a sensation Monotopaians exercise, this begins to unravel both our characters into a journey of misadventures, exploration and romance....more

The Afternoon Nap, Chapter Two - Twinkle Lights and Holiday Tunes

My afternoon nap had not happened for a few days and I had been all right with that since my last nap had involved a strange dreamlike trip to an unknown kitchen where I whipped up the greatest spiced tea and cookies ever known to man. Then I woke to find it all on the table beside me as if that was normal. I have yet to describe how I feel about that nap. It could not have been a dream and that is the strangest part of all. So what was it? I did not know. Even though it seemed harmless I was left with an odd feeling....more

Things You Should Think About When Listening to 'Serial'

There’s a new hot podcast out there right now that’s topping This American Life (for all of you podcast nerds). It’s Serial, a journalistic investigation of the 15-year-old murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee and her boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who was convicted and is currently serving a life sentence in prison....more
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Blog Roundup - November 2014

Here's what happened at The Cocoknot Theori last month.http://bit.ly/thecktblogroundupnov2014...more

A Thanksgiving Moment

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and we’re really thankful for some of the opportunities we received this year. Here are some of the moments we are thankful for:...more

Beginning To Feel A Bit Like Christmas

From my blog, Take It EasyDay 29 of the blog marathon and I'm stunned I've lasted the course! As it's the weekend I'm going to be sharing some videos with you again. I was planning to do this just for today but have so many that I'm making it a two-parter, to be concluded tomorrow....more

The Scream

From my blog, Take It Easy published 26 November 2014Although I have absolutely no talent in either direction I love music and art. I've shared plenty of music with you but only once before have I posted on art. It really is time to start redressing the balance!A painting that has always fascinated me is this one:...more

The Loco-Motion

From my blog, Take It Easy published on 21 November 2014In the late 50s/early 60s, when I was a boy, car ownership was much less prevalent than now. We were in the majority: we didn't have a car. This meant that holidays and days out were usually taken by train. Of course, this was part of every little boy's dream in those days: when we grew up we wanted to be Casey Jones. I am old enough to remember the noise and mess of steam trains, before diesel and electric power came along. It was fabulous!...more