Late Opera Helps Understand Roast Mog March #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsYes, I’m aware of the events of this past week and, no, I’m not going to comment on them. Others have spoken more eloquently than I. Some sorrow is so profound that I feel like I’m trivializing it to even attempt to speak.

So I’m doing my thing, trying to brighten the corner where I are am.

I meant to post this last month, but I forgotted. Better late than never, eh? THERE’S AN OPERA BASED ON BRADBURY’S THE HALLOWEEN TREE, Y’ALL! How awesome is that? Way, that’s how! If this ever comes to Louisville, I will go see it in a skipped heartbeat!

Now, from the late to the early, here’s a little something for the holiday shopping season. You know how you buy something — maybe a new smartphone — and then you feel like you need to get a cover for it and a stylus and maybe a charm or a case? There’s actually a term for that. It’s the Diderot Effect, and it describes the way one new possession leads us to buy more new things. Understanding what it is and how it works can help us to resist it. You’re welcome.

I’m still trying to gear myself up to trying roasted radishes. I got some nice big ones, and I’m assured that roasting them makes them mild rather than tongue-numbingly hot, and they would be very pretty on a Christmas buffet table, but…. Has anybody had any? What did you think?

Here’s a Christmas ad I’ve enjoyed several times.

Finally, this wonderful candid look at one of my favorite things in the world: a baby geek.

Y’all be sweet to one another, you hear?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a Christmas that was ruined for your character.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Late Opera Helps Understand Roast Mog March #FridayRecommends

  1. Jane

    November 20, 2015 at 9:44am

    Umm. Christmas trees and cats…..

    When we brought home the live tree, one cat, Chiquita, was all like, “For MEEE!!” She slept up in the limbs the first night. Very excited.

    ANd there was Squirrel, who climbed up the middle and then out a limb, and tumped the whole thing over. There was the tinkliest crash in the world, and the most beautiful remains. But the glass ornaments were such a mess!

    I really loved Mog. Thanks ever so much!

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      Marian Allen

      November 20, 2015 at 10:21am

      Tiffany pulled the tree over — ONCE — fortunately before I had decorated it. She left it alone, after that. Chiquita would have been the cutest thing EVER, up in the tree! Best ornament in the world! 🙂

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