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Archive for November, 2012

November 2012 in Black Lamb

Volume 10, Number 11 — November 2012

November 1st, 2012

In November’s cover essay, What is a woman?, Terry Ross decries the willingness of the media to portray women as pieces of meat. Dan Peterson paints a portrait of Milan, a city he loves, in Life in Italy. In Farewell, my Lady Nicotine, John M. Daniel explains how it took him only sixteen years to quit smoking.

Ed Goldberg examines the decline of social organizations and clubs in Joining the herd. In Grandma at Disney World Elizabeth Fournier describes how one ingenious Chinese family disposed of their forebear’s cremains. Toby Tompkins acknowledges his short fuse in Anger mismanagement. And Karla Kruggel Powell presents the further adventures of her pet budgies in For better or worse.

We welcome two very different writers, George Eliot and William Kotzwinkle, into the ranks of Honorary Black Lambs. In Just for fun, bridge columnist Trixie Barkis offers two unusual hands. Our monthly lamb recipe is for Very Impressive Roasted Lamb Saddle with Peach-Pomegranate Sauce and Garlic-Roasted Tomatoes. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall takes bad sportsmanship to task in It’s just a game. And Prof. Avram Khan gives us another challenging word puzzle.

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Grandma at Disney World

November 1st, 2012


I have a friend who helped scatter grandma’s ashes at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. She didn’t exactly tell the kids that that was the specific reason they were all packed and heading down south in the Kia Sedona, but what would they have cared, anyhoo? It is the happiest place on Earth — for the living and in this case, the post-living.

They prided themselves on taking care of business and doing it on the cheap. Grandma, who arbitrarily was known by the extravagant name of Sayonara, would have approved. Disney World was offering active duty and retired soldiers a free five-day pass for themselves and the ability to purchase five more five-day passes for $99 each. Booyah! That was striking pay dirt for a family who pulled the wool over Desert War Uncle Rickey’s eyes by promising him he’d have the chance to ride front row on all the “big rides.”

They stayed at one of the Disney-owned hotels to take advantage of the early admission days they offer. The plan was to close down the park: stay late and enjoy smaller crowds, shorter lines, and fewer kids.

The rope dropped and they were off like banshees, Read the rest of this entry »

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