If truth is stranger than fiction, it is because it has a better and more creative author.”
— Jeff Forsythe

365 Names: “G-d”

G-D is a bit of linguistic trickery. Because traditional Judaism teaches that the name of G?d (see what I did there?) is not to be erased, “G-d” is a way to write that Name without really writing it: on a Hebrew school blackboard, say, or a Xeroxed handout, or a computer screen, or any transient or otherwise ephemeral medium. Of course, as Rabbi Larry Kushner points out, “‘God’ is not God’s name” — thus, erasing “God” should pose no theological problem. Some habits, though, are hard to break. (So what’s with the question mark? See here, o seeker after Divine nomenclature.)

How to Dress a Salad

THIS IS A DEVICE OF my own invention, based on a semi-traditional vinaigrette formula, with additives. It will keep unrefrigerated for a couple of weeks (perhaps longer, but at a salad or two a week I haven’t had a chance to test that theory yet).

Into a shakeable container (a Mason or jam jar, say), put:

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
1/4 tsp sugar
Salt (to taste, if needed)

“Let’s Go See!”

TO THE SMALL CATALOGUE OF meaningful three-word human phrases (“I love you,” “let me help,” “take your time,” “hold my beer”) should be added one pertaining to perhaps that oldest of motivations: “Let’s go see!”

Mind you, this drive isn’t limited to spacetime exploration (planets, moons, continents, seas, cells, et al). It can also, with some judiciousness, be applied to the arts: “Let’s go see if we can … write a novel without using the letter ‘e'” “… paint without brushes” “… string together found sounds / texts / images” “… fly.” All of these and more result from a desire and need to experiment, tinker and otherwise satisfy our primate curiosity.

Words to Bring Back: Declaim

– Definition: v. Utter or deliver words or a speech in a rhetorical or impassioned way, as if to an audience.

– Used in a sentence: Less defaming, more declaiming.

– Why: What with the rise of social media, the audience is a given. Might as well own it.

On the “OK Boomer!” Contretemps

SERIOUSLY ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: “Who (and what) profits from pitting one generation of progressives so viciously and stereotypingly against another?”