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Oops, The Dog Ate My Homework!

Carol Tenwalde

Oops, The Dog Ate My Homework!

As a High School teacher, you can imagine the excuses I heard for why homework wasn't done. One of my favorites was when a student brought his dog to class along with his dog bed and lots of newspapers. He wanted the dog to stay in class until the homework "passed" (So to Speak!) An A for Creativity?Needless to say I had a little chuckle when I read in 1936, John Steinbeck’s dog Toby, an Irish Setter, turned the first draft of Of Mice and Men into a snack. In a letter dated May 27 of that year, the future Pulitzer and Nobel...

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The Death of French Fries!

Carol Tenwalde

The Death of French Fries!

In the small Ohio town I grew up in, we didn't have any fast food restaurants. The closest we had was Dairy Queen. So when we went to the big city, Lima, we always wanted a hamburger and fries. My Mom's place of choice was Kewpee. (Ever Been?) Note: Kewpee is the second oldest fast food chain in the country behind White Castle. The location we went to is still in operation and the building is considered a historic site.All was at peace with the Tenwalde's unless my Dad was with us on our excursions to Lima. He insisted we go to McDonald's...

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Where did your name come from?

Carol Tenwalde

Where did your name come from?

My first manager when I worked for Xerox was named Jessica. She was a great manager and taught me so much. We became good friends until I moved to San Francisco and we lost touch. Then out of the blue she contacts me on Facebook. Well, Carol Ann this is boring, who cares? Not so fast!I have written so many emails about the serendipity of thoughts. I call it the Thought Police. You say it or think it and then everything becomes that thought. Example: HERE This week it is Shakespeare. This month's book club was titled Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. An interesting read about...

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I think I'm losing my sense of humor!

Carol Tenwalde

I think I'm losing my sense of humor!

Let's face it, saying Air Travel is anything but stressful hardly sums up the state of things. Questions about whether your flight will get cancelled or will you get stranded abound. So when my neighbor told me her story, I just couldn't believe it. Sally and her husband traveled to Milwaukee to visit her daughter for the first time. As they were about to land, Sally looks out the window and sees this: You can only imagine their consternation.  Fortunately, the man in the aisle seat was a Wisconsin native and explained the joke. Joke? Am I losing my sense of...

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It Only Took 40 Years!

Carol Tenwalde

It Only Took 40 Years!

I love to set an eclectic table when we entertain. Pre-Covid I set a table that had a different setting for each person and each setting had a story attached. This weekend we are going to a friends house for dinner and she has been stressing out trying to replicate my theme.  She's two chargers short and time is running out! (Just between us girls, I'm loaning her some of mine!)So when I saw this Atlas Obscura story about a Rock Food Feast that Looks Good  Enough to Eat, I had to chuckle. Oh and did I mention it only took...

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