Scallywag

The eyes believe themselves; the ears believe other people.

~ German Proverb ~

Archive for November, 2012

Can you love when you're lonely?
How is it possible to love yet be alone?

Love As An Island

November 10th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 42 secs

Can you love when you’re lonely?

It’s hard to love when you’re alone. It feels like a contradiction. How can you love with all your heart when you feel cut off from everyone? Read the rest of this entry »

Nobody deserves a bad teacher.
Did you ever have a bad teacher?

Beware: Bad Teacher

November 9th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 32 secs

Nobody deserves a bad teacher.

I think everyone has experienced a bad teacher somewhere. The language teacher who berated you and acted like a dictator. The elementary school teacher who picked on you in front of everyone, and the aggressive senior teacher who yelled abuse at you, leaving you feeling smaller than you ever thought possible. They are all there, captured forever in our memories. Read the rest of this entry »

There's nothing like a royal visit.
How about a royal visit?

The Royals Came Today

November 8th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 17 secs

There’s nothing like a royal visit.

Some of the British Royals flew in today. Not to our house, but close enough. It was a flying visit of seven hours to enjoy a quick glimpse of historic Richmond, and parts around Hobart, including Salamanca Place. Read the rest of this entry »

French pleasures go a lot further than the Eiffel Tower.
What makes French food so good?

In Defense Of French

November 7th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 3 secs

French pleasures go a lot further than the Eiffel Tower.

Once, I thought all the ballyhoo about French food and style was trumped up nonsense. Nobody could really be that enamored with doing dishes that well. And style? Well, plenty of places own their own style. Surely, that’s a matter of taste. Read the rest of this entry »

How weird is that?
Weird?

Weird As It Is

November 6th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 34 secs

How weird is that?

Weird things happen down here on the bottom edge of the world. Not too far away in New Norfolk, Tasmania, a local developer (Haydn Pearce) plans on turning the old morgue of the abandoned Royal Derwent psychiatric facility into a motel. Read the rest of this entry »

Blame travel.
Can travel enhance flavors?

Does Travel Broaden The Behind?

November 5th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 9 secs

Blame travel.

It’s not the most flattering question, but I wonder if travel has more of a broadening effect than we think? Yes, it certainly can enlarge our thinking. But aspects that are more fundamental deserve consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

Is reading going to the dogs?
Is reading going down the gurgler?

Are You Reading Me, Over?

November 4th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 41 secs

Are reading standards going to the dogs?

Teachers lament the decline in reading these days. Mind you, they always did. There would always be some students who couldn’t or wouldn’t, causing no end of scholarly angst. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the art of the geisha?
What are Geisha so appealing?

The Conversational Geisha

November 4th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 45 secs

What is the art of the geisha?

Say “Geisha” and people express a mix of impressions. But the time-honored tradition of educated women as artisans in dancing, music, and conversation is revered and respected by Japanese society. Read the rest of this entry »

How do you deal with advice that's bad?
How can you guard against bad advice?

Ever Had Bad Advice?

November 2nd, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 3 mins, 0 secs

How do you deal with advice that’s bad?

Think of all the times you’ve gotten bad advice. Like the teasing tips you got about your wedding night… Read the rest of this entry »

Who writes these kind of things?
Who writes these kind of things?

“Do Not Submit Articles Filled With Spelling Errors And Bad Grammar – We Ignore Rubbish”

November 1st, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 49 secs

Honestly, what kind of tactless person would write: “Do Not Submit Articles Filled With Spelling Errors And Bad Grammar – We Ignore Rubbish”?

Being the compassionate sort, I find printed statements like, “Do not submit articles filled with spelling errors and bad grammar, we ignore rubbish” irritating. I mean, duh! Who wants to send in poorly written pieces anyway? Read the rest of this entry »