Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Thanksgiving Lexicon

With Thanksgiving on the way, I want to make sure everyone is clear on this point. Those breadcubes, baked in the oven with celery, onions, etc... that's called "stuffing". Even if you don't actually "stuff" the turkey with it, it's still called "stuffing". Many people persist in calling it "dressing". They are wrong.


My husband and I just had this, um... discussion... recently.

It's not like we are newly weds and still thinking the way our mom made stuffing/dressing was correct. We've been married 34 years.

He calls it all stuffing. I say it is dressing and only stuffing if it is stuffed into a bird.

We'll probably have the same discussion on our 35th Thanksgiving together, God willing. :)
Erica said…
I'm going to comment over here too...and laugh at our relatives. *laughs*