The Domiciliary Edifice that Jack Built

My grandfather enjoyed many of the British “Music Hall” performers and would sometimes quote from their routines. One piece he enjoyed was a sesquipedalian version of the children’s poem “The House that Jack Built”. It began, “This...

Stamp tongs as a staple remover

Here’s a surprisingly good way of removing staples – stamp tongs! I recommend German-made “Solingen” stamp tongs with a spade tip. Stamp tongs are a kind of tweezer with smooth, polished tips. The spade tips are fine enough to slide under the arms of...

Hammock Research

Hammock Research A few years back, I stayed at my cousin’s house in England. She had a backyard hammock, so I tried it. I was tired (jet lag) and the big hammock was so comfortable that I immediately fell asleep. Recently, we were given another hammock, about six-feet...

Spirograph Then and Now

Some time around 1968, when we lived in England, we got a Spirograph set for Christmas. It seemed a strange gift. The box was intimidating and adult – more like a drafting set than a toy. The cover showed a businessman working with the system, while his wife and...