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Year of the Sheep

February 19, 2015

Year of the Sheep

Today the Lunar New Year is being celebrated across Asia. This is the Year of the Sheep or Goat or Ram, and could even be the Year of the Antelope. The underlying calendar concept is Chinese, and that language doesn’t differentiate between the various Bovidae of the subfamily Caprinae.

In any case, happy new year.

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February 14th

February 14, 2015

February 14th

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Groundhog Day

February 2, 2015

Groundhog Day

It’s February 2nd, time to monitor Marmota monax and dream of winter’s end. Whether or not you believe in woodchuck weathermen, one thing is certain: you can’t have groundhogs if you want a backyard full of fresh garden veggies.

Groundhogs (aka woodchucks, whistlepigs, and marmots) are insecto-vegetarians and confirmed locavores. If you plan to plant this spring, harvest those hairy beasts now. Celebrate Groundhog Day with critter cuisine.

Serving suggestions:

Woodchuck au Vin

Canadian Fried Woodchuck

Groundhog Pie

Woodchuck Recipes from Michigan (Oriental Groundhog,Waco Groundhog in Sour Cream,Woodchuck Stew, Woodchuck Meat Loaf)

More groundhog lore and recipes here and here.

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Happy New Year for the One Percent

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year for the One Percent
Happy New Year, rich people. The GOP Congress is in and the laws of mathematics are out, so the fix is in for people of wealth. Poor and middle class wage earners will pay for even more tax cuts for The One Percent. Ring out Neo-Conservatism and ring in Neo-Feudalism!

More:

“Sorry, GOP, tax cuts don’t pay for themselves,” Joel Dodge, The Week

“Behold, the magic kingdom of dynamic scoring,” Froma Harrop, Seattle Times

“Republicans’ magical thinking is immune to the facts,” Robert B. Reich, Baltimore Sun

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

December 31, 2014

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”was written in 1947 by Frank Loesser, and became a hit R&B record for The Orioles two years later.

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New Years Resolution

December 31, 2014

“New Years Resolution,” written by Stax Records staffers Randle Catron, Willie Dean “Deanie” Parker Catron, and Mary Frierson, recorded by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas in 1967.

Related:

Stax Museum website

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Christmas Tree’s On Fire

December 31, 2014

“Christmas Tree’s On Fire,” a cautionary seasonal song by singer/songwriter Holly Golightly.

More:

Artist Biography by Tim Sendra, AllMusic

Holly Golightly website.

Related:

“Nearly 40 percent of Christmas tree home fires occur in January;” NFPA Safety Blog

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Another Year On The Rocks

December 31, 2014

“Another Year On The Rocks,” by Down by Fire.

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Christmas to New Years

December 31, 2014

“Christmas to New Years,” recorded in 1951 by The Larks. Lead vocal: Alden (Allen) Bunn. As the photo shown above indicates, the lineup of the group changed after 1951.

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Good Luck It’s Christmas

December 31, 2014

“Good Luck It’s Christmas,” by UK Indie band Tellison. Video: Carl Peck.

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