Quote of the Day: Culture in the Third Reich

“When I hear the word culture, I reach for my gun!”

— statement attributed to Hermann Goring, from Richard J. Evans’ (marvelous and wholly absorbing) The Coming of the Third Reich

This Would Have Been the XXX Most Gorgeous Day

Self had such a wonderful afternoon.  She spent most of it outside, planting Galactic Star daffodil bulbs in the backyard.  It took her quite a long time, for aside from fluffing up the soil with gypsum and organic amendments, she had to construct a kind of wire barrier over each planting, to forestall crafty Gracie, whose diet du jour lately consists of chewing up the bulbs self has so lovingly planted —  as she did last week with a whole bunch of fritillaria bulbs that self had just purchased from Costco.

If self had just stayed out in the backyard, enjoying the last rays of this gorgeous fall afternoon, instead of coming inside to wash her grimy hands, she wouldn’t have had to listen to the four messages from Bank of America telling her that someone had been charging massive amounts again on Dearest Mum’s Bank of America debit card.

Self stood there, receiver pressed to her ear, waves of shifting emotion washing over her as she listened to each of the bank’s messages.  But, first and foremost, self was mighty confused.  First of all, Dearest Mum had assured her that she had closed the account.  Or, at any rate, had cut up the card.  And Read the rest of this entry »

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