Professor Plum walked into the mail room holding a file folder by its corner. “It smells like Pootie the Precious’ litter box,” he said.

It was the mail. (More)

He then washed his hands and left with Ms. Scarlet to join the resident faculty in the wine cellar library, where they’ll spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”).

In the staff poker game, the Professor of Astrology Janitor wondered his pair of Jacks were rubbish. He’d raised with the Ace and Jack of Clubs to open the pot, and Chef called. The Jack of Diamonds and Eight and Six of Hearts fell on the turn. The Professor of Astrology Janitor bet, and Chef raised. He had paired the top card on the board and held an Ace kicker and he was sure Chef would have raised before the flop with a pair of Queens, Kings, or Aces. But Chef might have called with a pair of Eights or Sixes for three of a kind, or Ten-Nine for an open-end straight draw, or two Hearts for a flush draw. He was already losing to three Eights or three Sixes, and was only a modest favorite against the draws. Indeed if Chef had the Ten and Nine of Hearts, the straight and flush draws would make her a favorite as well. Worse, while the Jack of Hearts would give him three of a kind, it might also give Chef a flush. Only the Jack of Spades would put him ahead of three Eights or three Sixes and not lose if Chef had two Hearts.

He sighed and folded, and Chef flashed him the Ten and Nine of Spades. The Professor of Astrology Janitor began his plaintive mewling and Chef went to the kitchen to make Brazilian Breakfast Empanadas, leaving your lowly mail room clerk to review the week’s correspondence….


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Rand in KY

Dear Rand,

We suggest you look up “vile” in the dictionary and make sure their photo of you is current.


Dear Ms. Crissie,

The people of Germany in a free election selected the Nazi Party because they made great promises that appealed to them because they were desperate and destitute. And why is that? Because Germany was bankrupt.

Over the next several years, every time a program began to fall apart, Mr. Hitler’s party was very, very good at dividing Germany by pointing to this group or that group. First they went after their political opponents. Then they went after the aristocrats. Then they went after the trade unionists. And ultimately of course they went after the Jews. They deprived them of their property, their rights, their citizenship, and for millions their humanity. Because they were bankrupt.

The truth is, 70 years later, we are drifting on the tides toward another beachhead and it is the bankruptcy of the United States of America.

Richard in IN

Dear Richard,

We suggest you look up “Godwin’s Law” in the dictionary and make sure their photo of you is current.


Dear Ms. Crissie,

Is there a photo of Chef’s Brazilian Breakfast Empanadas? And why did she choose those this week? Oh, and how do I make them?

Snapshot for Breakfast in Blogistan

Dear Snapshot for Breakfast,

Alas, Chef found no photo with this recipe. She chose the recipe to celebrate the start of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this week. To make Brazilian Breakfast Empanadas, first cook 8 slices of bacon and scramble 6 eggs. Flatten and roll 5 Pillsbury Grands refrigerated biscuits into large circles. Sprinkle each biscuit with shredded cheddar cheese, then with crumbled bacon and a mound of egg. Fold the biscuit in half and press the folded edges with a fork to seal the empanada. Bake for 13-17 minutes at 350°, until the biscuits are golden brown. Bon appétit!



Rand in KY.

Richard in IN; over the next several years.

Brazilian Breakfast Empanadas.


Happy Sunday!