John's Blog

A Quick Post-It Lunch Notes FAQ

  For various reasons, this morning was a little bit of a down day (no Duck pun intended). So here’s something that always makes me happy. The Week in Post-it Lunch Notes for Daughter, Age 8: MONDAY TUESDAY   WEDNESDAY   THURSDAY   (She has pizza or subs supplied by the school on Fridays). POST-IT […]

Insane Charity Bike Ride 2017 Update

  A few days ago, donations for Insane Charity Bike Ride 2017 stopped, almost completely. For reasons that are perfectly understandable. Tropical Storm Harvey. Truth be told, it feels crass, right now, to be raising money for anything except for those suffering along the Gulf Coast. While the Fair Share Coalition does important work here, […]

Attack of the Summer Tomatoes

Late in the summer, it’s a constant race to prep fresh garden veggies for sauces and soups, for canning or freezing. Peeling tomatoes to be preserved isn’t particularly difficult, but it usually involves blanching and ice baths, or fire-roasting – both of which can be  time-consuming and messy. Particularly when you’re dealing with 10 or […]

INSANE CHARITY BIKE RIDE 2017 IS HERE!

Here we go again! It’s time for INSANE CHARITY BIKE RIDE 2017!  With your help and generosity, over the last four years, we’ve raised a lot of money, helping local families get healthy food direct from local farmers! This year my personal goal is to raise $12,500, celebrating five years of this biking goofiness, and […]

Of Dice and Men and Me

Tonight (Friday, May  26), I’m going to see “Of Dice and Men” at Madison’s Bartell Theater again. I’ll also be leading a discussion/talk-back after the performance. Playwright Cameron McNary will be doing likewise, tomorrow. McNary’s play – currently staged in Madison by the Mercury Players Theater – revolves around a few crucial nights in the lives of a group of […]

Poland: “Is this Heaven?” “No – it’s a plate of Pierogis.”

Hard to believe (I keep double-checking my calendar), but just last week, I was in Poland, guest of the wonderful Pyrkon gaming and media convention. Pyrkon is big – really big. 40,000 attendees big. It’s the largest such convention in Poland, by far, and this was my second trip there, thanks to my wonderful friends at Black […]

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