Monthly Archives: March 2009

How the North Won

DATELINE MIRTHOLOGY — News item: The Fort Smith National His­toric Site will host a reen­act­ment of the Con­fed­er­ate occu­pa­tion of Fort Smith from 1861–63 on Sat­ur­day. … Union sol­diers aban­doned the gar­ri­son at Fort Smith on April 23, 1861, leav­ing the fort open to Arkansas state troops. Union forces recap­tured the fort in Sep­tem­ber 1863. Pvt. […]

Row Your Boat Ashore

I’m vaca­tion­ing in Lebanon, using this time to get up to speed on Face­book. How’s Arkansas treat­ing you? Let me know when you can. Bye, Michael” This came last August. I had just joined Face­book as well. After seven months, I fig­ured out a reply. I delayed writ­ing for two rea­sons. One, Michael, is because you […]

Free Blockheads

Copy­right 2009 Ben S. Pol­lock A news­magazine com­men­tary from a cou­ple of weeks ago stopped me cold. I still think about it, in a sim­i­lar way a comic panel from last year comes up, which has put me off Outback’s Bloomin’ Onions. These are like cloy­ing old songs that once heard rever­ber­ate for days within […]

Charette Baby

This email is being dis­trib­uted, chain-mail like, to every civic group and church group (it even was sent to my syn­a­gogue, prob­a­bly the lat­ter cat­e­gory for them).

Irish-style Soda Bread

Tra­di­tional Irish soda bread con­sists just of flour, but­ter­milk, salt and bak­ing soda. Amer­i­cans added sugar, raisins and some­times car­away seed. Soda bread gets stale in a day and crum­bles when you try to slice it. The New York Times in March 2007 dis­cussed this here , with an improved recipe here, which makes a […]

Blog, Column Contest Ends Sunday

The 2009 dead­line of a long-running column-writing con­test, now open to blog­gers, is less than a week away. Entries for the seven cat­e­gories of the annual con­test of the National Soci­ety of News­pa­per Colum­nists need to have a post­mark — or time-stamp — of Sun­day, March 15. Five of the cat­e­gories are tra­di­tional: humor and general-interest […]