Who is Jack Kerouac?

To my shame the other day I found out that my education has been sadly lacking. I had never heard of Jack Kerouac. Words such as pioneer, iconoclast, quintessential, spontaneous prose, stream of consciousness are some of the words that drip off the pages I have looked at when researching just who this man was. … More Who is Jack Kerouac?

Bless this pizza

November is the month of the harvest festival in many countries. Widely believed to date back to 1621 it is strongly linked to the Pilgrim Fathers in North America  and the reaping of the first harvest in their new home country. A day for feasting. And for giving thanks for life’s blessings. Turkey of course is … More Bless this pizza

The Treasure Chest – Methusela’s Musings

Here we are again, sitting around Gramp’s rocking chair waiting for story time. As always, the  fire is burning and crackling cheerfully, warming the home hearth of the humble little cabin by the lake. Gramp’s nightly ritual  is  soothing and  comforting in its familiarity. We know it  off by heart yet it never fails to … More The Treasure Chest – Methusela’s Musings

Mangled English

I wonder if George Orwell knew what he was unleashing on the world with the publication of his dystopean novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four? The English language has been forever changed because of it. Big Brother, Room 101, the Thought Police, thoughtcrime, unperson, memory hole (oblivion), doublethink (simultaneously holding and believing contradictory beliefs) and Newspeak (ideological language) have become common phrases. Doublethink has birthed twins – Doublespeak  and Groupthink. Language … More Mangled English