Author Archives: vanbytheriver

Chicken and Egg

Chick-Fil-A is taking on the role of Sam-I-Am. They want us to believe that it is okay to eat chicken and eggs for breakfast. Together. When they opened a new store in the area near my work, they brought us … Continue reading

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One Minute

“In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.”  Vincent VanGogh  

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Toys “Were” Us

Cabbage Patch Doll. 1983. Teddy Ruxpin. 1995. Tickle Me Elmo. 1996. Furby. 1998. Pokemon. 1999. Nintendo, XBox, Playstation. Forever. These are just a few of the toys that made us lose our mind. Marketing strategies stirred up popularity, kids begged … Continue reading

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Nevermore

I had a Halloween encounter today. With a raven. A pair of these huge beauties have been hanging around my neighborhood all summer. I thought they were crows. Until today. Crows have a different shaped tail, and travel in larger … Continue reading

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The Million Dollar Tip

He didn’t have change to tip the courier who brought a message to his Tokyo hotel room. So Albert Einstein wrote him a brief note on hotel stationery, telling him it might be of some value later. The 1922 message … Continue reading

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Trick or Treat

If you contribute to the estimated $3. billion in Halloween candy sales in the US, you might be interested to know what is most popular in your state. The surprising winner was candy corn, selected by at least 6 states. … Continue reading

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Me Too ?

There is a form of collective PTSD that has emerged from the Twitter campaign started by actress Alyssa Milano, #Me Too. Millions of women and many men have responded. It is not just about Hollywood’s casting couch culture. My Facebook … Continue reading

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The Lady in the Van

“And what I’ve learned, and maybe she taught me, is that you don’t put yourself into what you write. You find yourself there.” Alan Bennett . This brilliant insight comes from the British playwright, author, actor as he recounts the … Continue reading

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Shells

We’ve all done it. You break an egg, pieces of shell end up in your bowl. You reach in to retrieve it, with a spoon, knife, or mostly, your finger. All you really need is the rest of the shell. … Continue reading

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Storm Puppies

The winds came, the fence was down. I wandered away, hiding in a shed from something called “Irma”. So much pressure, the puppies would not wait. When they found me, I was holding up a large board, protecting my clan. … Continue reading

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