A Classical Composition about Classic Caffeine Compulsion

Johann Sebastian Bach Coffee Cantata

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is primarily known as a classical composer of Christian music. It was rare that he strayed from religious themes in his music, but when he did it was for a purpose. One such occasion was when he wrote “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht” (“Be still, Stop Chattering”), a composition devoted to coffee addiction. Continue reading

Fair Warning from a Master Storyteller

J.R.R. Tolkien quote "I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge."

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were inseperable friends, but despite that, Tolkien felt the need to put his friend on notice prior to reading one of his newest works: “I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.”

Fartkontrol: Don’t Speed By This Warning

the Danish word fartkontrol means "speed check"

The next time you are in Denmark and see a traffic sign that says, “Fartkontrol”, don’t be so quick to hold your nose and snicker. It actually is warning you that the speed limit is highly enforced.

From the Sharpened Tongue of Dorothy Parker


Dorothy Parker best quotes and critiquesDorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was a master of words and knew how to use them to make a point. As a critic, poet, and essayist, everything and everyone was fair game for her brilliant and ruthless prose.

She once observed, “The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.” Following are just a few products of that sharp tongue: Continue reading

When POTUS Has to Ask for Mommy’s Help

JFK letter to mother Kruschev autograph

He may have been the most powerful man in the world, but John F. Kennedy learned that there are some things even the President of the United States can’t do. He commanded a military of nearly 3 million people who would follow his orders without question, but there was one person to whom he needed to say, “Please.” That person who could reduce POTUS to a little boy was none other than his mother. Continue reading

The Difference Between Sin and Error


When an actress asked Father Mugnier if it was a sin for her to look at herself naked in a mirror, the priest gave a cursory glance at her decidedly unfit figure and responded, “No, madame, it’s an error.”

source: Skinner, C. O. (1963). Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals: Paris – La belle epoque. London: Joseph.