WC should get a new photo for this recurring topic.

Following Up and Following Down: March 2020


WC is under lock down, like most Americans. The news is full of COVID-19 news, advice and alarm. So this month’s recap of stories missed, stories revisited and shiny baubles will be very nearly COVID-19 free. One of WC’s readers, with far too much time on their hands, read WC’s blog post from early 2015…

Bald Eagle in the Rain, Cordova, Alaska

Happy Birthday, America,


With any luck at all, the country will survive Donald Trump and again be something to be proud of. We can hope, at least. But this July 4 is one to let pass quietly, ignoring the president’s crypto-fascist conduct and working for better, Trump-free times. Happy 243rd Birthday, America. And many more.

Breakfast Smörgåsbord, Madison, Wisconsin

WC’s Smörgåsbord Edition


If you didn’t grow up in a household influenced by a Swedish grandmother, or haven’t been to Sweden, you may not know what a smörgåsbord is. Certainly none of the American efforts to establish smörgåsbord restaurants here appear to have survived contact with Americans. A smörgåsbord is “a celebratory meal and guests can help themselves…

WC Answers Your Questions


WC’s virtual mailbox is overflowing; there have been complaints from the email host. So WC will undertake to answer a few questions and delete lots and lots of emails. Questions are in italics; WC’s responses in plain text. Hey snowflake, how come you’re afraid of a real man as president? WC lived in Alaska for…