Culture, Politics, Religion

Take That, Netflix!!

In the eyes of this crazy British lady (for that is what I am, all rumors to the contrary notwithstanding), I think the wearer of The Crown (The. Real. One.) outdid herself today with her annual Christmas message. Delivered perfectly–she’s 94 years old, for Pete’s sake, and puts almost any decades-younger American politician that springs readily… Continue reading Take That, Netflix!!

Book Review, Guest Post, History, Science

Book Review By Seawriter: The Founder Effect

This week's book review by Ricochet's Seawriter takes us out of this world and on a journey to other galaxies.  It's a look at The Founder Effect, a collection of stories by well-known authors with an interesting perspective on how histories and legends grow from man's initial colonization of a new world. One day humans… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: The Founder Effect

Cooking, Food and Drink, Recipes

Food and Drink Post: Pot Luck Edition

It’s become an annual tradition, here at Chateau Right, that I should spend a considerable portion of the week before Christmas making sure that the freezer is well-stocked with prepared dishes so that there’s plenty on hand to eat during the holidays besides interminable leftovers from the Christmas meal itself (not that there’s anything wrong… Continue reading Food and Drink Post: Pot Luck Edition

Entertainment, Movies and TV

Question: Who Makes Those Casting Decisions, Anyway?

Answer: People mostly concerned about money and/or (increasingly) politics is my guess.  Case in point, the casting of Tom Cruise as Lee Child's anti-hero in the two "Jack Reacher" movies released a few years ago. I'm a fan of the books, and read them as fast as Child churns them out (pretty fast; the series… Continue reading Question: Who Makes Those Casting Decisions, Anyway?

Book Review, Guest Post, History, War

Book Review By Seawriter: C.S. Forester’s The Good Shepherd

This week, Ricochet's own Seawriter takes us on a journey through the dark days of the Battle of the Atlantic, in C.S. Forester's 1955 novel, The Good Shepherd.  Forester was a particular favorite of mine through junior high and high school, and I read all the "Horatio Hornblower" books in order--an odd choice for a… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: C.S. Forester’s The Good Shepherd

Family, Feminism, Friendship, Plain Speaking

Responsible Men, and the Women Who Love Them

I've been thinking. Yes, I know that's always a frightening proposition.  What can I say? Well, only that I'm 66 and still standing on my own two feet; that I'm content with how my life turned out (no, that doesn't mean, with the benefit of hindsight, that if I had a do-over about certain things… Continue reading Responsible Men, and the Women Who Love Them

Family, Family Matters, Friendship, Home, Religion

Putting Up the Christmas Tree

It's that time of year again . . . and I was reminded of a post that I wrote on Ricochet--crimenutely!--seven Decembers ago.  Not much has changed, except that our small family is even smaller.  Sam is gone.  And Mr. Right is gone.  And numerous other two and four-legged friends have either fallen by the… Continue reading Putting Up the Christmas Tree

Career, Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, Religion

“The Doors of Hell Are Locked On the Inside”

Eight days after I began work there, as the organization’s first staff member dedicated to supporting its personal computer users, the unionized employees at my local community hospital went on strike. It was February 1, 1990. Early that morning, as instructed, I drove across a picket line for the first time in my life, showing… Continue reading “The Doors of Hell Are Locked On the Inside”

History, Patriot, War

The Soldier’s Deck of Cards

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan--President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941 My dad, who fought in WWII, was a great raconteur. He told stories well, entertainingly, and usually with… Continue reading The Soldier’s Deck of Cards