Halloween and the Scientist

Shadows of a thousand years  Rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees ‘Tonight is Halloween!’ Dexter Kozen These last few days, I have been doing some research on Halloween and found a poem that “chilled me to the bone.”   The poet was Dexter Kozen.  Who was he?  I didn’t have any clue.  Another mystery to solve! …

The Great Pumpkin

“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as…

The Witches’ Brew

“Double, double toil and trouble;  Fire burn and cauldron bubble” William Shakespeare – Witches in Macbeth. This week celebrates two events: Halloween on October 31st and All Saints’ Day on November 1st. Halloween is actually a contraction for All Hallows Evening, which signifies the eve of the Christian feast of All Hallows. There is some…

Tea for Someone

“When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.” Audrey Hepburn The art of making tea is not about getting the water temperature right, or setting the table with rare and delicate China teacups, or serving the most expensive tea. It…

Never Too Much

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewis Britain – 1800’s: tea consumption reached an all-time high. Everyone wanted to drink tea but the price was considerable, especially with the amount of import tax levied by the government. It was only a matter of…

An Artist Takes Tea

 “After tea it’s back to painting – a large poplar at dusk with a gathering storm. From time to time instead of this evening painting session I go bowling in one of the neighbouring villages, but not very often.” Gustav Klimt I never connect ordinary daily routine events with artists who are almost bigger than life. …