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I am stuck in my room today. The rest of the family are moving furniture, so I am trapped watching the cat.  I could be viewing the defense speak in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but instead I opted not to. … Continue reading

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Have yourself a movie little Christmas.

Two days before Christmas, I developed a sore throat and congestion. In prior years, I would have taken some DayQuil and returned to cooking cornbread. (It really feels like a sinus infection.) In these times, though, I arranged for a … Continue reading

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Vincent

During quarantine, I have started an “Art of the Day” project on my Facebook. I think people enjoy it, and it makes me happy. I find myself spending a lot of time trawling through museum websites to get art. My … Continue reading

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That time of year, and the music thereof.

I love Christmas music. I guess I should say I love “holiday music,” but that’s not really accurate. Other people in my house don’t, however, so I suspect I will be spending the next month wearing headphones much of the … Continue reading

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Movie Reviews.

It’s December, which means we’re into post-blockbuster season. Over the past four weeks, I have seen five new movies, two in the theatre, two on streaming services. Herewith my (mostly spoiler-free) impressions: Parasite: Oof. Described to me as a “dark … Continue reading

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I’ve made such progress.

Before I start, I just want to say that this is NOT a sob story. I don’t want sympathy, let alone pity. I have spent most of my life defining myself by my intellect. I went to one of the … Continue reading

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Strange.

So, I am taking this online course through edx.com about Superheroes and Their Influence on Pop Culture. I was creating my own superhero, but decided to opt instead to discuss possible influences and origins for my favorite superhero… Dr. Strange. … Continue reading

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Thirty-second movie review.

If you love Bruce Springsteen… If you like Bruce Springsteen… If you even tolerate Bruce Springsteen… If you like coming of age stories… If you are moved by compelling stories about immigrants dealing with racism… If you find movies about … Continue reading

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A superhero for our age.

I am taking a edx.com course on “Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture.” Part of the “creative track” is to create your own superhero. I have. Her name is Cassandra.* Like her mythical namesake, she sees the future. Unlike … Continue reading

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Voicing my opinions

The Voice finale was Monday, and the winner was crowned Tuesday. Fortunately, the right person won. And by the right person, I mean someone with an angelic voice who was not a) a country singer, b) a hot looking young … Continue reading

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In Jeopardy.

Several people have  asked me what I think of the current Jeopardy! champion, James Holzhauer. After all, I  got run over by the great Ken  Jennings, so I should have some perspective, right? I usually compared Jennings to the 1927 Yankees. This … Continue reading

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Why the MCU movies are so good (no spoilers)

I keep thinking that I have posted this before, but I can’t seem to find it (maybe on Facebook?), so… The reason that the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) movies are so good is the acting. Exhibit 1: Robert Downey, Jr., … Continue reading

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Notre Dame.

Notre Dame is burning. To quote the CNN commentator, “It was a reminder that there is still beauty in the world….  We all need beautiful things right now…. It is a reminder that there is something bigger in the world … Continue reading

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Now for something completely trivial…

I am trying to keep from obsessing over serious things. I have a couple of actually substantive posts in progress, but in the meantime I am going to revisit my list of media crushes. So herewith, media figures I have … Continue reading

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“What do you want, a bloody photograph?”

While Railfan* and I were discussing the Inquisition, I remembered my favorite document of that era, the transcript of Poalo Veronese’s trial for heresy for a painting of the Last Supper. It strongly resembles a Monty Python sketch.** The very … Continue reading

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