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If Lincoln won a Golden Globe

On June 16, 1858, at the statehouse in Springfield, Illinois, the Repubican delegatess selected Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the U.S. Senate.  His opponent would be the Democrat Stephen A. Douglas in an historic race.  Accepting his nomination, Lincoln gave what is widely considered one of this country’s great speeches, featuring the much quoted “A house […]

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A Toast to the Past and Future

Tonight we will chill a bottle of Champagne and toast the prospects of the incoming New Year. Many others around the world will do the same. If the last year was difficult, one can toast to its ending, if all the chips are on your side of the table, well, toast your good fortune. Regardless, […]

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Spatchcock and Succotash

Thanksgiving morning finds ovens across America warming to welcome Meleagris gallopavo, the winged creature Benjamin Franklin once fought for as our nascent republic’s official emblem. Alas, the noble turkey lost out to the Bald Eagle, relegating the bird to the center of the table for the holiday that signifies pig skin football and pig out feasts. National […]

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Long Mouse Years, Big Mouse Ears

Our favorite Mickster turns 86 today. No, not Mr. Jagger, but The Little Big Man, Mickey Mouse. What age is that in mouse years? It seems today’s journalism is 30 of this and 20 of that, so today Tipsy Table celebrates MouseMan’s 8th decade with 8 trivia facts that may surprise you about The Real Mick: It […]

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DYLAN

Today, 27 October,  marks the 100th birthday of the magnificent Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Born in 1914 in Swansea this gifted man of letters died much too early at the age of 39 in New York on 9 November 1953. Dylan had the gift of language at an early age and knew it, writing good […]

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Cry for the Wolf

Last week was the National Humane Education Society’s Wolf Awareness Week. NHES is a compassionate organization that has designated days, weeks and months of thoughtful attention to the humane treatment of animals. This group also selects October as “Appreciate Vegetables Month.” How can one go wrong with that? The twelve founding principles of the organization focus […]

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The Trailing of the Sheep

Last weekend was the “Trailing of the Sheep Festival,” a charming Wood River Valley event that brings animals, locals, and tourists together. It is an annual ritual that commemorates an important history of wool and lamb production. Each autumn, the sheep leave their northern grazing lands for lower, warmer elevations. In the small towns in a […]

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Bless You, St. Francis

Sunday, October 5th, we drove our Huskies to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum for the annual “Blessing of the animals.” We have made a tradition to attend this event as we find it a beautiful witness for any church. More important, we find our pets love the attention, and the pomp and ceremony of […]

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An Infinity of Nothings

We often spin off versions of the group phrase A Pride of Lions. Who doesn’t? This time honored phrase makes so much sense, imagining a regal group of lions that we all can see. But, we had no idea of the origin of this phrase until recently rediscovering a fine book on the subject that […]

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The Curious Case of The Hokey Pokey

For a period of time, a favorite joke at Tipsy Table concerned The Hokey Pokey and we would send it along to friends on their birthdays as it is a good, clean joke and appropriate for most ages. With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth […]

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