Clip of the Week: September 22, 2021

An amusing incident, in which Viscount Peel, the ex-Speaker, was the principal figure, took place the other afternoon in the part of the [House of Commons] which is specially reserved for visitors from another place. His Lordship forgetting for the moment that he was anything more than a distinguished stranger, was observed by the horror-stricken Read More

Madame Palatine’s Burn Book, Part 2

Bonjour! If you haven’t yet read Part 1, start there for the full scoop on Liselotte and her clique. Last time, we patiently listened, er, read as Madame Palatine, aka Liselotte, vented in her 18th-century correspondence about her daddy issues, disobedient son and cringeworthy views on women in power. With all those grudges, how did Read More

Clip of the Week: September 8, 2021

If this is why my mail carrier is delivering my letters weeks late, I forgive them. At Winters, Cal., a pup was slipped into the mails and reached Elmer Crews in Bayford, Trinity county, 220 miles away. The dog was recognized as first-class mail for three days. He was fed, watered and petted the entire Read More

Madame Palatine’s Burn Book, Part 1

She is a wicked devil; treacherous in every way, and of a very dangerous temper. Upon the whole, she is not good for much. – Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d’Orléans, Memoirs of the Court of Louis XIV and of the Regency, 1899 If you enjoyed the movie “Mean Girls” as much as teenage me did, allow me Read More

Clip of the Week: August 25, 2021

And here I thought I was salty over the money—to say nothing of the closure—my ex still owes me: Are you aware that the actual cash value of broken hearts is increasing as rapidly as the high cost of living? What, do you suppose, a broken heart is worth today? Or to put the question Read More

Planes, Feigns and Automobiles

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s. . . me in the pilot seat! Well, close enough. A few weeks ago, I checked off a bucket list item and took a flying lesson. I wasn’t flying quite like Superman, but I sure felt like a superhero when I successfully turned the ignition key in the Read More

Clip of the Week: August 11, 2021

Because counting sheep is so 19th century: William West, a north side stableman, was discovered by a policeman standing on his head, fast asleep and snoring enthusiastically. West, when aroused, said he had intended merely to rest his head on hay in the manger, but slipped in head first and kept right on with his Read More

Meandering around Milwaukee

In my [censored] years on this earth, I’ve been fortunate enough to crisscross continents and fly across oceans. Yet somehow, I’ve never visited Milwaukee, a city practically in my own backyard—until now. As you read this, I’m on my way there and intend to eat however much cheese it takes to become a certified cheesehead. Read More

Clip of the Week: July 28, 2021

Straphanging need no longer be a terror to travelers on the underground railways. All they have to do is to follow the example of Mr. George Flake, of Cincinnati, who has solved the problem in an ingenious manner. Mr. Flake’s method, according to the New York correspondent of the “Daily Express,” is to carry in Read More

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