Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Assembly: Photo Log of Solving a Liberty Puzzle

A Klimt Image Appears from a Random Pile of Parts! This Jigsaw Puzzle Assembly blog is the third and last of a series. The first one gave an overview of all modern jigsaw puzzles. The second one described the personalities … Continue reading

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Companies: Their Personalities

Plus A Detailed Comparison of Wentworth and Liberty Puzzles… This blog, Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Companies, is the second of a three-part series. The first blog gave an overview of modern jigsaw puzzles. The next and final part will show photos … Continue reading

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles, A to Z

A New Look at a Classic Pastime… Wooden jigsaw puzzles, for most people, first appear when they are a toddler. You may have assembled a brightly colored animal from cutout shapes. Later, in preschool or kindergarten you may have owned … Continue reading

Scrabble 2018 – Ten New Word Lists

This post on Scrabble 2018 presents 10 word lists based on the newly published 6th Edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (I’ve corrected this version of List 8 per a 2019 blog post.) Scrabble 2018 – Background My earlier article … Continue reading

Santa Fe Art to Drive You Crazy (Photos)

Santa Fe art will drive you crazy. You’ll go mad if you try to see it all. You will go bonkers if you try to avoid the art, which is everywhere. Also, you’ll be insanely desperate to own dozens, no … Continue reading

Brand Charisma: Offers We Can’t Refuse

Brand charisma is the key quality that propels one person or one product ahead of every competitor. And it goes far beyond an inviting ad for a product. Brand charisma is like a perfect soufflé: it depends on every step being … Continue reading

Trader Joe’s: As I Remember Its History

Trader Joe’s is a public phenomenon with a very private personality. Here’s a story you won’t see anywhere else: data about Trader Joe’s stunning growth, my recollections of its early days, and a photo appreciation of its local presence. No, I … Continue reading

Giraffe Sounds: The Big Guy Speaks Up

Last month a research article about giraffe sounds caught my attention, and you may have seen reports of it as well. It reveals something never before known about one of nature’s most beloved wild animals. Science Fact. Two cognitive biologists from the University of … Continue reading

Scrabble 2: 5th Edition Scrabble Word List

See the later post Scrabble 2018 for the latest Scrabble word lists, based on the 6thEdition 2018 Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. This 2015 blog post is retained for its explanations, its comments, and as an archive. Scrabble Word Lists, this week’s … Continue reading

Scrabble 1: In Defense of Friendly Scrabble

Scrabble is not one game, but a family of games. Like wine tasting, fantasy football and curio collecting, it can be pursued casually or obsessively. And once you give yourself permission to make it “yours” the possibilities mushroom. Scrabble is … Continue reading

Champagne 1: Champagne’s Ancient Origins

Science Fact: Champagne and its bubbly cousins make a festive way to great the New Year. Today’s post discusses the ancient origins of Champagne, back in the Stone Age, no less. Tomorrow we’ll enjoy a comparative tasting of brut rosé, that … Continue reading