From my limited understanding, Saint Christopher is a popular saint among travelers (among many others). I've heard stories of travelers carrying Saint Christopher medallions or placing small statuettes on the dashboard as protection on a journey. I've never been particularly religious - we went to Midnight Mass a few times. But I've given this Saint Christopher … Continue reading An Ode (of sorts) to Saint Christopher
Have you ever walked (or driven, or whatever) past something regularly, on your normal route somewhere? It's easy enough to do. I do it all the time. When it catches my eye the first time, I'll think to myself, "Oh cool. I'll need to go check that out." And invariably I forget until the next … Continue reading Finding something off the beaten track…on the beaten track
Charles Bukowski once wrote a poem called Nirvana. I discovered it many years ago via Tom Waits reading it on his Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Saints album. I don't know what it is about this poem - but I've listened to Waits' recording over and over again, and like to pretend I've found some piece of it a … Continue reading Did you notice the magic?
I mean eggplant. I grew up a picky eater. My two most frequent requests when I was little were Kraft macaroni and cheese, and Jolly Green Giant creamed spinach (yes, those specific brands). I eventually grew out of it; I don't recall exactly when I realized that eggplant is not horrible, but it's now one … Continue reading An Ode to Aubergine