Brick Bats Reportage

Three Cheers for NEA — Ra Ra RA

UA Takes Its First Seat at NEA Convention By Ben Pollock, Local 965 secretary This report first was published in the July 2022 newsletter of UA-Fayetteville Education Association / Local 965. Lots of us this summer have had to consider both mass shootings and reproductive rights. I ended up diving headfirst into both over July […]

News, Spin

Hmm, Diddle Diddle

And the dish ran away with the spoon. From the nursery rhyme “Banish all objects of lust, shut up all youth into the severest discipline that can be exercis’d in any hermitage, ye cannot make them chaste.” John Milton, “Areopagitica” (quoted by Ron Charles, The Washington Post Book Club, June 2022) A few years ago […]


Just Enough Bagels

Sourdough, Whole-Wheat, No-Knead Recipe One goal in my first trip to New York City, organized by My Beloved, this past April, was a breakfast with fresh, real bagels. In Ess-a-Bagel, we believed we had merely picked a well-ranked shop in Yelp walkable from our hotel, but a couple of weeks later The New York Times […]


Slaw Down

This recipe for coleslaw took decades to nail down. Not full time, had other things to do. It starts with Porta’s barbecue on Jenny Lind near my junior high school, Ramsey, in central Fort Smith, Arkansas. There were several Porta brothers, Art’s only served BBQ and sides, intended for take-out though there were a couple […]

Bake Holiday Cuisine

Vegan Cornbread with Niblets and Scallions

I love cornbread but not enough, usually, to eat a whole pan. My Beloved will have a bite and remind me she doesn’t like cornbread, so there’s the rest of it sitting there, New Year’s after New Year’s. She likes this one. This recipe is historically a Southern cornbread in that it’s not sweet. Northern […]

Holiday Cuisine Main Courses

Appropriation: It’s What’s for Dinner

Haitian Joumou Soup — non-fat vegan recipe I haven’t cooked on a gas stovetop since early 1999, when we bought the current house. Top of my want list for a new home should we move has been a gas stove. Alas, in recent months media stories claim that cooking electric — no matter the source […]