Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Last Irish Soda Bread Recipe

In Food Sec­tion World, this long-evolved Irish Soda Bread recipe would be pub­lished before St. Patrick’s Day. But in Brick World, I bake a loaf on St. Paddy’s, rely­ing on col­lected recipes and some­times a new one that pops up. Brick could sched­ule the recipe for March 16, 2013, but why wait? Every news­pa­per every year […]

Fourth and Goal

Com­plet­ing the book list of 2011 shouldn’t be tax­ing. Its first entry after all took in the first three quar­ters. So where are we? Or to quote inde­pen­dent Ross Perot’s 1992 run­ning mate James Stock­dale (it IS a pres­i­den­tial year, after all), in a tele­vised debate’s open­ing state­ment: “Who am I? Why am I here?” […]


I am not mak­ing this up. Nor did I touch the dog or his pos­ses­sions. He did this. Our 4-year Tibetan ter­rier Mani, whom we’ve had three years, loves Hop­per, the stray young adult TT we adopted last Thanks­giv­ing week. Insep­a­ra­ble. They can quar­rel over toys, though. Mani is the alpha although Hop­per has 10 pounds […]

Heisenberg? Not Bad, Heisen You?

This col­umn first was pub­lished as the “President’s Mes­sage” in the March 2012 newslet­ter of the National Soci­ety of News­pa­per Colum­nists. With cer­tainty, the renown physi­cist Gar­ri­son Keil­lor noted in his radio spot The Writer’s Almanac: On this date [Feb. 23] in 1927, physi­cist Werner Heisen­berg first described his Uncer­tainty Prin­ci­ple in a let­ter. In […]