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"The Simpsons' Beloved Springfield: Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All"

…who a decade ago coauthored The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield with her friend Karma Waltonen, is back with another Simpsons-centric book called The Simpsons’ Beloved Springfield: Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All.

Denise serves as coeditor on the book (along with Waltonen), and the cover features an illustration from our other good friend Dwellephant.

The book was released last August (I told you I was behind on these), but that shouldn’t stop you from picking up your very own copy right… now!

You can read it while in quarantine,


Jamie and Glass Half Full.

…and her business, Glass Half Full, got some love from The Columbus Dispatch.

Check it out here.

That one’s only a few months old,


Stay calm and eat Jack's.

Got four in our freezer,


Terrible move.

So I fixed it.


Don’t listen to Trump if you want to live,


Take heed.

For real,


…but we’re grateful for folks who visited us a few months back, including my cousin Ann Marie and her boyfriend Jacques who were visiting from Minnesota…

Old visits with Ann Marie and Jacques!

…and our good friends Mel and Kyle who were in town from California.

Old visits with Mel and Kyle!

Those are from December,


…I figured I’ll post a few things I’ve been meaning to post for awhile now. And at least in a few instances, “awhile” means “years.” So get ready to check out some new/old stuff!

First up, big thanks to Milan and Dori for these sweet Pee-wee Herman pins. They gave them to me back in… I don’t remember. And considering every day now feels like an entire season it may as well have been literally forever ago.

Pee-wee Herman pins from Milan and Dori... from forever ago!

So thanks (super late), guys!

Just wait until I get to the stuff from 2017,


Thomas McKenzie... AKA Smokin' Joe Blow.

…formerly known in a previous life as Smokin’ Joe Blow, wrote this fantastic article for The Seattle Collegian.

Such a long way from Pen & Think,


Now hanging in our hallway.

…for this Chicago magazine article, as shot by photographer Jason Little.

The best kind of memorial,


Back when I was living in Columbus, Ohio my friends and I started a quote wall. Whenever a bit of brilliance (or otherwise) poured out of someone’s mouth, somebody would yell “Quote!” thus nominating it for Quote Board status. The quote then had to be seconded by someone (it almost always was), and then it would be written down to be forever immortalized on the Quote Board.

This is the modern-day equivalent of that classic piece of my past.


Grey: “Daddy, West just told me that penises don’t have car washes.”

West: “No they don’t!”

– Grey & West, 3/15/20

The first double quote,


Old Poop!