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Jim Nolan
New York
Jim grew up in Buffalo, NY. He is married to Isabella Bannerman.
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A screengrab from my latest piece at HumorOutcasts.com. You can read the rest by clicking here. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can read the rest of the piece by clicking here. Thanks Isabella Bannerman for the great illustration, and to Donna Cavanagh at HumorOutcasts.com for running it. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I just heard from Jim Costigan, the builder and owner of the "Hobbit House" tucked into a hillside in Pawling, NY that I have written about. Jim reports that they've just lowered the price, and that the annual taxes were probably going to be in the $7,000-$9,000 range. You can check out the listing here. $650,000 buys you one of the most unique homes outside the Shire, sure to be popular with Airbnb-ers on weekend trips from nearby NYC. Good luck, Jim! Hope you find someone who loves this amazing project of yours. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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If you haven't discovered the legendary Dick Proenneke, this book is a good introduction. Proenneke "retired" to Twin Lakes, Alaska in 1968 and single-handedly built a log cabin to live in. There he kept a journal, filmed wildlife, and took photos. A TV program using his journal (but not voice) as the narration is popular on PBS stations in California. This reissue has a new introduction by Nick Offerman, the actor who is also a woodworker. I once interviewed Proenneke's friend and editor John Branson. You can hear it here. It's one of this blog's most popular pages. And I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Just a couple of weeks to Halloween! Then, it's pretty much the holidays. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can read the rest of the piece by clicking here. Thanks to my wife, Isabella Bannerman, for the great cartoon, and to Donna Cavanagh at Humor Outcasts. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can read the rest of the piece by clicking here. Thank you Isabella Bannerman for the cartoon illustration and as always to Donna Cavanagh. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Why the security lines are so long this time of year. 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." She wrote it when she was 18, and it's still going strong. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's beautifully drawn "Six Chix"panel. This circus used to happen in our backyard every winter, without the canine audience. I really love how Isabella draws dogs. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's "Six Chix" cartoon. Mid-term voting is just weeks away. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Mountain biking is so much fun, it's no wonder it's crowded. Another great cartoon by my wife, Isabella Bannerman. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Today's Monday "Six Chix" cartoon. Maybe the dog should team up with McGruff. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can read the rest of it by clicking here. Thanks to my wife Isabella Bannerman for the writing help, and to HumorOutcasts.com and Donna Cavanagh for running it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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They are probably busy getting ready for school. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can read the rest of the piece here. Thanks to my wife Isabella Bannerman for the great cartoon and help with the writing. And thanks to Donna Cavanagh at HumorOutcasts.com for running it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photos of this grill were sent to me by a reader named Brent. It's a mid-century beauty. I'd never seen one, but Adam Gibson had. Here's what Adam says about it: "This is a brazier bbq made in Eden NY in the 1950’s. That is all I really know about it. The company dissolved but these were very popular back in the day and were used at many camp grounds across the country. I have seen some for sale as far away as Washington State and California. The last few I have bought or seen sold average between 50-200 bucks... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Yikes. They both seem like painful options. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can read it here. Thanks, Donna Cavanagh. Thanks, Isabella Bannerman. And thanks, musicians and songwriters, for all the tears. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Mmm, donuts. If these are invaders from space, let them take over. Click on image to enlarge. Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can read it here. Thanks Donna Cavanagh for running this. You can see all 10 of my pieces there, here. And there are many, many funny writers there to check out every day. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Mmm, sounds delicious. I hope she means steamers, lobsters and crabs, but I'm not sure. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Screenshot from HumorOutcasts.com You can read the piece here. Thank you Donna Cavanagh for HumorOutcasts.com. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I've written about this amazing and rare grill before. Now you can actually buy it on eBay. It is being sold by my friend and fellow Buffalonian Harley Spiller. You have until Thursday to bid. It's from the early 1960s, with a longhorn steer head on the side. How many of these can there be? It was used for decades by Harley's father, Mortimer Spiller, who sold a grill of his own, this mid-century griddle grill. Below is a picture of Mort from "BBQ & Beer" Magazine. Good luck, Harley. Someone is going to be very happy to have this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Yesterday's "Six Chix" cartoon by my wife, Isabella Bannerman. I love the way Isy drew the woman's head going back and forth in the last frame! Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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My dad's cousin Peter Nolan just sent me this superb memoir. I read it in two sittings. If you are interested in the history of broadcast journalism, or want to know what Chicago was like in the 1970s and '80s, this is the book for you. Peter writes like he is sitting next to you, telling you a story. And they are always good stories. What it was like to watch the teletype when JFK was assassinated. How he found JFK's sister Rosemary when she became lost in Chicago. A Jimmy Hoffa press conference after he was let out of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Jim Nolan's Blog