A Madison Birthday Bash

Oh, what memories! The Nitty Gritty is one of those institutions that I suppose most cities, especially those that play host to major colleges, has to have to be considered complete. I confess to having the birthday bell rung for me a time or few during the almost 10 years I called Madison home. Ironic that these days the old gritty mugs are more often filled with milk for dinner than that other beverage that Wisconsin’s so famous for.
The Nitty Gritty is one of those places that’s a must stop, birthday or not, if you’ve never been to Madison. Then too, it is a requirement for any return visit to the city if you’ve ever called the city built on an isthmus home.

Good to Know Not Everyone Keeps a Secret

The Seattle Times has been running a series they call Your Courts, Their Secrets.
The series looks at different legal settlements that have been improperly kept secret and is an example to me of what quality journalism should be about. Today’s installment examines the case of a school teacher with a lengthy demonstrated history of sexual assault and how the system kept things hidden.
This is a series worth reading and it is good to see something beyond the surface level coverage that fills most of the pages of the Times on a regular basis.

Remembering India

It has been almost a year since Aimee and I travelled to India. Today an article in the Seattle Times caught my attention as they have a travel writer visiting for two weeks.

Walking through the grounds at Humayuan’s Tomb, a precursor of the Taj Mahal, built in the 1500s, I was struck at how easy it is to escape the traffic noise and congestion, and get a feel for what medieval Delhi used to be like.

This isn’t the most descriptive paragraph but it caught my attention because it captures a lot of what I remember about India. The noise, chaos and constant action that surrounded us is still something that I marvel at when thinking back on our trip. Yet reading about the writer’s experience at the tomb reminds me how peaceful the grounds were.
I’m looking forward to reading this author’s experiences.