It’s President’s Day. (Or is that Presidents Day? Maybe Presidents’ Day?) That’s why we here at THE FLEHMEN RESPONSE thought it a perfect opportunity to look back and reflect on those men who held the highest office in our land. What should you, as an American citizen, know about them? The important, salient points? The stuff Ken Jennings knows? […]
This week’s bake was a real challenge to make . . . a classic French cake, derived from the French word “fraise”, meaning strawberry. It is a combination of layers of a Genoise sponge cake, vanilla syrup, creme patisserie, strawberries, and whipped cream. Making this cake is a series of multiple steps, in which I […]
“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” -Milan Kundera Sin used to be simple. Or at least avoiding it was. You used to be able to remember and follow all of the commandments, I mean, there were only ten after all. And most of them were pretty basic: don’t steal, don’t […]
A blog post on boundaries!
Yellowstone goes beyond great, but we strangely see our only moose while eating dinner a block from our cabin. The kids are a real joy as is seeing such wonder with most of my family. Over all, I’m a pretty damn lucky guy. I find myself being the most persnickety of our lot as […]
These quilts feature large magical symbols and borders in colorful batik fabric on a white background, the facing material is a soft purple flannel. They are intended as children’s quilts but are large enough to be a lap quilt or wall hanging. The batik and white fabric, quilt batting are all 100% cotton, the facing […]
This lightweight quilt is made from 100% cotton fabrics, batting, and thread. It features squares of colorful dinosaur pattern bordered by orange and green zigzags. The front of the quilt features a fuzzy blue hand-appliqued t-rex (~10.5″ x 10.5″) mimicking the blue t-rex from the dino pattern fabric. All of my quilts are made in […]
This wire-wrapped glass vial pendant is filled with tiny gemstones to help support psychic abilities: quartz, amethyst, fluorite, morganite, and labradorite.
This necklace is made from 6mm smokey quartz round beads with a 1″ x 1.25″ center stone of clear quartz that contains a peppering of (what looks like) tourmaline and a small inclusion of an unidentified red mineral. There is a little bit of space for the beads to move to allow it to lay […]
This stunning pendant features amethyst leaves along a clear-crystal studded spiral terminating with a round garnet. Amethyst‘s metaphysical properties include enhancement of psychic clarity, due to its purple color which is associated with the third-eye chakra. It transmutes lower frequency vibrations to a higher frequency. Amethyst above all promotes stability and creativity, and insight through […]
Most of my critics find me to be aloof almost suggesting I am irreverent about most things. But, it is really their warped assessment of my life. Although I do believe my com-si-cum-sa attitude may have been harvested by the female mother figures I had in my life. As I reminisce on all the unfavorable […]
Burlington will keep its downtown bookstore after all. Let me be the first to say, “Yay!” Some might remember that back in December I wrote about the looming departure of Persnickety Books, a used bookstore on Davis Street. The closing, set for this winter, was a shame because the enterprise is a successful one. And, […]
In the 31 Books in 30 Days series leading up to the March 14, 2019 announcement of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle award winners, NBCC board members review the thirty-one finalists. Today, NBCC board member Mark Athitakis offers an appreciation of criticism finalist Robert Christgau’s Is It Still Good to Ya? (Duke University Press). * […]
Pauld2leo.wordpress.com (Book 55 Non-Fiction ‘Baseball and Millionaires’) By C. Paul Di Tullio Chapter 9 – ‘How Do You Stop Baseball’s Merry-Go-Round’ Quickly… • We’re more than 100 days past the beginning of free agency. We can all agree it has looked a lot different than we […]
If there is one criticism that’s levied against Christians more than any other, it’s that we’re judgmental. That we’re morally superior and hypocritical. To be sure, part of this criticism is unfair. Oftentimes, the whole Church gets lumped in with the horrific stances of some fringe groups that could only loosely be identified as Christian. […]
Here I’ll discuss some points on political theory, but in fairly abstract form. Unlike most of my hit pieces here, no ideologies will be harmed. First of all, imagine that you’re all alone on a lush but uninhabited island. You could do anything you want, and nobody would mind. In this tropical paradise, nobody cares […]