The January Magazine, Tri-Holocene Édition

Happy New Year! Happy 2020! May the New Year bring us all good health and all good tidings. January being the first month of the Julian calendar year, it is once again incumbent on this reporter to put together one of those Bumbastories’ Walk thru the Numbers/Mathematics for Dummies things for the number 1. Note from Editor: What follows is a re-post (plus I added a song … Continue reading The January Magazine, Tri-Holocene Édition

December Magazine

Hail December! The Twelfth month!   Hail to the number twelve. Three cheers (four times) for the ol’ 12, the number on the top of the clock!! The word twelve, whose early English-Germanic roots derive from “two left”, or two left over after counting to ten, completes a certain cycle for us. After twelve o’clock we start to count the hours again. Twice every day we … Continue reading December Magazine

Hey it’s another Bi-annual November (tally up those votes!) Magazine

OK. It’s November and here comes yet another Bumbastories monthly report/March through the Numbers thing. “Oh, no,” you say. “Oh, yes”, says I. “And we’re definitely going to do another march through the numbers thing” For the Americans there’s an additional message this month, which is that you have to vote and do what you can to get other people to vote. We’ve been talking … Continue reading Hey it’s another Bi-annual November (tally up those votes!) Magazine

The Annual Bumbastories Tri-Centennial September Magazine

Welcome to September again. Labor Day weekend coming up. It’s been one astoundingly difficult year, and one hot summer here in Califonia. Three years ago, back in the 2017 September’s Tri-Centennial magazine, I wrote: “we’re having a heck of a heat spell and fire season here in California. Of course, there are always seasonal fluctuations in the weather, but four consecutive record-high temperature years is … Continue reading The Annual Bumbastories Tri-Centennial September Magazine

The Bumbastories’ Semi-Annual August Magazine

Happy August. Happy eighth month of the year! The month August got its name from the Roman emperor Augustus, who named the month after himself in order to celebrate, er, himself. August means admirable, and reverential, and implies all things good, which is why Augustus, nee Octavius (which already meant the eight man), re-named himself Augustus in the first place. Ol’ Augustus thought Augustus sounded … Continue reading The Bumbastories’ Semi-Annual August Magazine

The Measure of Things: Size matters: the long and the short of it

People always need to measure things. That’s how people are. They like to ask: How much? How many? How far? How long? When we gonna get there? A question from the back of the car. To answer all these questions, numbers were “invented”. The earliest known evidence of human writing or reckoning are regularly spaced notches found on an antler bone from about 15,000 years … Continue reading The Measure of Things: Size matters: the long and the short of it

Bumbastories Semi-Annual June Magazine, Special Tri-Centennial Re-Post

Welcome to June, the sixth month. Spring is here, pandemic or not. And, as they say, summer is hard on spring’s heels. So, I certainly hope that summer is watching her step! I sincerely hope everyone is watching their step. Because these are strange days, my friend. Nevertheless and all the same, June is the sixth month, and Bumbastories is again obliged to celebrate the … Continue reading Bumbastories Semi-Annual June Magazine, Special Tri-Centennial Re-Post

The Bumbastories’ Multi-Centennial April Magazine

Hey, it’s April! Spring is here! The robins are singing, and the bells are ringing for me and my gal. It’s time to “spring in the air and jump in the lake”, as Groucho would say. But Grouchoisms aside, and, now that I think of it, T.S. Elliottisms and his “April is the cruelest month” stuff aside too…….All these things aside, and all things considered, … Continue reading The Bumbastories’ Multi-Centennial April Magazine

Tri-Centennial March Mathness Magazine

Happy March! Happy Third Month of the Gregorian Calendar! And being it’s the third month, here’s a salute to the very fine and lovely number three (Watch out below. Here comes the math) Hurray for The Three! The Triad! The Triangle! The Holy Trinity! The Three Graces! Hey, there’s something about the three. It seems that everybody loves the three. Three is the charm. OK. … Continue reading Tri-Centennial March Mathness Magazine

Hey it’s the Tri-Centennial November Magazine

OK. Let’s start this November Magazine with some easy listening. It’s the song Easy Chair or Down in the Easy Chair by Bob Dylan. It was recorded first by the Byrds back in the 70’s. Dylan himself had recorded the song on his unreleased- it was leaked out as an underground record several years later – Basement Tapes with The Band album. Hoagie Carmichael wrote his … Continue reading Hey it’s the Tri-Centennial November Magazine