Potato latkes with sour cream or applesauce or BOTH are among my favorite holiday foods…or ANY DAY foods, too! But they are especially good on a cold Hanukkah night. And after this yummy treat? An even yummier one! I like any fruity rugelach, but sour cherry is my all time fave.
And why not follow something sweet with something sweeter? Fab bakery Eleni’s in New York offers these fun cookies and lots more for the Festival of Light.
At some point in our lives, we’ve all seen a dusty car and written something on the grime. “That dirty car was asking for it,” is my excuse for such bad behavior. I always write “Wash Me.” It’s a classic! Other people let their imaginations soar. Looking for an excuse to avoid washing your car? Leave it in hopes that someone will decorate it with something as good as this!
Casey “Animal Magnet” Anderson runs his own personal wildlife sanctuary, Montana’s Grizzly Encounter Wildlife Sanctuary. Brutus the bear was born in an overcrowded bear reserve, where he was doomed to live most of his life in a cage. But luck was on Brutus’s side. Casey decided to adopt him!
The two have since become best buddies. Brutus shows his gratitude by coming over for dinner and NOT EATING Casey.
Sometimes, it’s just the two of them at an informal outdoor meal. AGAIN, the menu DOES NOT FEATURE Casey!
Needless to say, this is a special relationship, and by SPECIAL I mean ONE IN A BILLION. Nature’s golden rule still applies. DO NOT GO NEAR A BEAR! Even Casey and Brutus will tell you that.
Yoda looks at home in this terrarium by Minneapolis artist Tony Larson, and no wonder. It’s a recreation of the Master Jedi’s planet, Dagobah. Stop by Tony’s Etsy store, and you can enjoy a bit of your favorite Star Wars planetary system in your own home. Tony’s amazing terrariums include the Forest of Endor and the desert of Tatooine, where R2D2 is just about to meet his fateful encounter with scavenging Jawas. Watch out, R2!
Last week I was privileged to visit the historic 60-inch telescope at Southern California’s Mt. Wilson Observatory. At its installation on December 8, 1908, it was the largest operational telescope in the world. Today, the telescope has taken on a new role as the largest telescope in the world made exclusively available for public viewing. Here’s a video I made about it! NOTE: Although I did see Saturn, a globular cluster, and the Ring Nebula that night (among other celestial objects), the photos in the video were culled from the webosphere. The real thing was even more amazing!
Wrap me up in moosebeards and spank me with a pine cone! THE BOY WHO HOWLED escapes into the world in paperback today. Thank you, Bloomsbury Children’s Books!