Adams, Alice

Roses, Rhododendron

The other day, I broke from my own morning convention and fetched my AM coffee from a coffee chain whose name shall not be uttered on this page. It was quite likely the simplest order the coffee-servicer had fulfilled that day: a no-frills “medium coffee,” with nothing even vaguely representing an “-ino” suffix, no “shot” of anything. And as I strugged at the — what’s it called — the “fixin’s counter?” — to take a swig and scald my mouth so that I might make room for a dollup of milk, I heard the cashier ask the patron behind me in line: “Space Milk?”


Why had I not been offered Space Milk? What was Space Milk? Is it anything like what those fellas took straight-from-the-statue in A Clockwork Orange? Does it prevent against disease? Would it have prevented the suffering now endured by the nether regions of the topmost area of the inside of my mouth?

I’ll probably never know what it is. I’ll probably never know of its mouth-warming ambrosial effect. But I can have friends who are capable of writing songs that are somewhat peripherally related to Space Milkiness, and I can exploit all of this right here, just for you.

Bunin, Ivan

The Primer of Love

8 of Miette’s 2006 Predictions for the New Year:

— I will really really do all those things I meant to do in 2005, including those things in 2005 I was really really going to do after neglecting in 2004.
— Ditto 2003.
— When thinking of these podcasts, I’ll follow at least three of the Dalai Lama’s instructions, and be better off for it. (Though that one about silence; I’m doubting I can do much with that one.)
— Oh, that one last thing from the 2002 list, I’ll do that too.
— Miette’s Bedtime Story Podcast will be noticed by the recording industry, complete a series of sold-out stadium tours, and have mashups produced interlacing these stories with the lyrics of dead rockstars. I will donate proceeds to libraries and digital audio archival efforts, and maybe have a little party.
— I will get around to satisfying the few outstanding story requests, and maybe even take new ones (leave requests in comments or email to miette (at) this domain).
— Miette’s Bedtime Story Empire will start Podcasting in 64 languages, then become the subject of a minor politics-or-drugs scandal which will only increase its popularity and prove its longevity.
— And maybe even this site will get a redesign.

Stay tuned, be happy and prosperous, and check back next year to see how much of this happens.

All the best,