Culture, History, Plain Speaking

Dear Tom Daley, Get Educated, and Get Your Head Out of Your Bum, Please

I'm so glad that Tom Daley, a British Olympic gold-medal winning diver, a gay man who bravely "came out" in 2013 (despite being under the threat of being thrown to his death from the top of buildings or of being anally penetrated with a rough-sawn stake and set out in the sun to die while… Continue reading Dear Tom Daley, Get Educated, and Get Your Head Out of Your Bum, Please

Ave Atque Vale, Entertainment, Music

The Carnival is Over: Judith Durham, R.I.P.

The year is 1964.  The pop revolution is underway, and groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones own the British charts and are besieged by thousands of screaming girls throwing flowers (and much else) at them wherever they go. Out of nowhere, that May, a quartet of young Australians who'd worked their passage from… Continue reading The Carnival is Over: Judith Durham, R.I.P.

Culture, Entertainment, Movies and TV

Fifteen Lives: My Thai Soccer Boys Story (Not a Movie Review)

Well, I just went to amazon.com in search of 2-door bypass barn-door hardware (as you do), and the first thing I came across was a huge ad for Ron Howard’s new movie, Thirteen Lives, which tells the story of the Thai soccer team trapped in the flooded cave, one which captured the world’s attention in… Continue reading Fifteen Lives: My Thai Soccer Boys Story (Not a Movie Review)

Life, Military, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, War

“He deserves the gratitude of all of his countrymen”

Thus spoke President Harry Truman of Ernest Taylor Pyle. Ernie Pyle was born 122 years ago today, on August 3, 1900 in Dana, Indiana. He died not quite 45 years later, on April 18, 1945, in the Iejima Okinawa Prefecture of the Empire of Japan, killed in action while doing what he loved. Having missed… Continue reading “He deserves the gratitude of all of his countrymen”

History, Literature, Medieval, Romance

On This Day in 1485

On July 31, 1485, William Caxton first printed Sir Thomas Mallory's Morte d'Arthur. Five hundred thirty seven years ago today.  Only seven years before Christopher Columbus voyaged to the New World.. I believe in the importance of history. And so, therefore, it's surely OK to recapitulate a post from a few years ago (even if… Continue reading On This Day in 1485

Family, Food and Drink

Goodbye July: Keep Calm and Picnic On

It's almost time to send another hot, muggy, and sometimes problematic, July into the memory banks forever.  After the last two rather miserable locked-down ones, I'll have some fond remembrances of this  2022 version, including a very enjoyable dinner with friends from out-of-town, random acts of kindness from strangers and family, the completion of bathrooms,… Continue reading Goodbye July: Keep Calm and Picnic On

Ave Atque Vale, Culture, Entertainment

Bernard Cribbins, RIP

Where are the snows of yesteryear? Probably the first time that line from François Villon's medieval poem Ballad of Ladies of Time Gone By has been applied to Bernard Cribbins, but whatever.  Tempus fugit, as they say.  And my childhood with it. Bernard Cribbins, who has died age 93 was a staple of that childhood. … Continue reading Bernard Cribbins, RIP

Beauty, Family, Farming, Friendship, Home, Home Improvement, Love, Rural Living

Feeling Grateful, Blessed, and Very–Very–Clean

To be perfectly clear from the outset, I've been living in a construction zone since 1986, the year the late Mr. Right and I moved out to the country and started on our house.  Large swaths of the drywall were never painted.  Much finishing was left undone.  Doors have been missing.  Floors were, in some… Continue reading Feeling Grateful, Blessed, and Very–Very–Clean

Culture, Entertainment, Music

Maria Szymanowksa: Composer, Pianist, Trailblazer

Today is the one-hundred-ninety-first anniversary of the death of Maria Szymanowska, nineteenth-century Polish composer and professional pianist who achieved the height of her fame at the court of Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Before settling in St. Petersburg, Szymanowska had toured most of Western Europe, and her performances, as well as her compositions had been respectfully… Continue reading Maria Szymanowksa: Composer, Pianist, Trailblazer

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Buyer’s Remorse: Hasta La Vista Boris!

https://youtu.be/zwugzdU1G-0 I don’t watch many Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.  Unlike a lot of people, I’ve never been much of a fan, either in his Mr. Universe, his entertainment, or his political, careers. And I really only recognize two quotes from his movies.  One is “Hasta La Vista (See ya’ Later), Baby.”  (Voted #76 in the American Film Institute’s… Continue reading Buyer’s Remorse: Hasta La Vista Boris!