My Favorite Yuri Gagarin Story

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

In honor of Yuri’s Night and the 50th anniversary of manned space flight, I thought I would share the story that I think of whenever Yuri Gagarin comes up.  Then I thought I should preface that story by explaining how on earth I even have a “favorite Yuri Gagarin story.”  And then I started thinking […]

10 Years of MegDesk

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Despite a horrible case of writer’s block, I feel obligated to post something today.  For months I’ve been trying to decide what I should post today, and as the sun sets (which here in the north means it’s quite late) the answer has yet to come to me. Why the pressure?  Because today is the […]

A Tribute to Hans Beck, Creator of Playmobil

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

I came into work this morning, and learned the sad news that German toymaker Hans Beck passed away earlier this week.  Before today, I didn’t know his name, but his creations were one of the backbones of my childhood memories. Playmobil was invented 35 years ago, and I don’t even know how old I was […]

Kudos to Columbus

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

This week we received the first issue from our National Geographic Traveler subscription.  I eagerly thumbed through the pages and read it nearly cover-to-cover.  In doing so, I came across something rather unexpected. The magazine’s current cover story is a rating of historic travel destinations, and the ratings criteria focus mostly on historical preservation and […]

There and Back Again

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

On Thursday, we left for a long weekend to fly home for my 10-year high school reunion.  I’m amazed that we managed to squeeze so much into the three days we were in the US! It was fun to have a chance to catch up with so many people in such a short time! So what […]

Hello, Class of ’98!

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Jennifer Streit contacted me a few months ago to tell me that she wanted to get an early start on planning our 10-year high school reunion next year.  To help track people down, she asked if I could put together a website for our class, so that we could start collecting contact details and later […]

It’s the End of the World As We Know It!

Friday, June 1st, 2007

(Click here for a larger copy before you strain your eyes!) Lucas sent me this Pearls Before Swine strip this morning, which was a delightful bit of college nostalgia.  Aside from grand educational pursuits, college seems to be the time for pursuing other, more meaningless studies, and for us it was learning the complete lyrics […]

Just for meg

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

When I was growing up, Meg wasn’t all that common a name in the US.  There were plenty of Megans but not a lot of Megs.  I used to have to explain that it was “Just Meg.  No ‘an.’”  And all those little pseudo-personalized knick-knacks you love as a kid like bicycle license plates and […]

The best thing since Roselyn’s!

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

I was at Jenny Lou’s (the ex-pat grocery) yesterday, and there’s a small sales outlet for Kiss N’ Bake bakery in front. They had some really good-looking Christmas cookies: iced sugar cookies – my favorite! Despite my efforts to diet, I caved and bought a particularly large Christmas tree cookie. It tasted like a “Happy […]