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The Taunting

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gauntlet“It’s on!” For my sister and me, these words mark the official beginning of our annual holiday gift giving tradition: The Taunting. The first to throw down the gauntlet takes the immediate lead. This is always accompanied by a mandatory taunting in a conversation that goes something like this:

“Just so you know, I got you something today.”
“Oh, no, you did not!”
“Yep! It’s on the table. I’m looking at it right now.” This is said slowly and deliberately and in a teasing tone that would make any fourth grader envious.
“That’s not right!” said seriously, followed by an excited “What did you get?”
“Nope! Not telling. You’ll have to wait. But you’re really going to like it.”
“Fine. It’s on, then!”
“Just so we’re clear on the score so far, I have one point. You have none. Have a nice day!”Continue reading The Taunting

The Mummy Head Incident

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Mummy, 30 BCE-395 BCE Human remains, linen, gold, brass Unknown artist Egyptian
Mummy, 30 B.C.E.-395 C.E.
Human remains, linen, gold, brass
Unknown artist
(Detroit Institute of Arts)

Growing up, I had an intense interest in the people and customs of ancient Egypt. One of the reasons was cats: I loved cats and had one of my own during most of that time. I loved that the ancient Egyptians shared my adoration for and appreciation of the cat. They even had a cat-headed goddess named Bastet!

What really fascinated me, though, was ancient Egyptian mummification.Continue reading The Mummy Head Incident

The Look

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"The Look" (Photo credit: S. Juby)
“The Look”
(Photo credit: S. Juby)

During one of my recent visits to the Detroit Institute of Arts, I decided to pop into the gift shop to do a bit of window shopping. I was examining some wallets and coin purses when I witnessed a classic example of sibling rivalry go down between two brothers several feet away who appeared to be around 16 and 13 years old. Continue reading The Look

Snapping Beans

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green beansBushel
1.  A measure of capacity equal to 64 pints (equivalent to 32.5 liters), used for dry goods.
2.  A large amount.  [emphasis mine]

At the end of each summer while we were growing up, Mom would go into her yearly Canning Frenzy. Continue reading Snapping Beans

Halloween Candy Poker

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After an evening of trick-or-treating and Mom’s mandatory Candy Inspection to ensure that our loot was Safe To Eat, it was time to move on to the next phase of our evening: our yearly Halloween Candy Poker Tournament.Continue reading Halloween Candy Poker

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