Book Review, Entertainment, Friendship

Book Recommendation: Operation Free Bird

I learned yesterday from a Ricochet friend that his book, Operation Free Bird, has been published on Smashwords.  After a hiccup or two I was able to download it, and have started reading it. Operation Free Bird is the sequel to Virga Joy, by the same author, and a book I recommended here late last… Continue reading Book Recommendation: Operation Free Bird

Entertainment, Music

The Eriskay Love Lilt

Inspired by a recent Ricochet "members only" post on folk and traditional music. First: Let's be clear.  If your idea of "folk music" is  Peter Paul and Mary, then stop right now. Puff, the Magic Dragon? Crimenutely. Most else they recorded was derivative.  And somehow, even when that they derived from wasn't fatuous, they managed… Continue reading The Eriskay Love Lilt

Animals, Entertainment, Movies and TV, Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: Leo the Lion

We have an audio quote today, which occurs at the start of this short clip from White Shadows in the South Seas, MGM's first movie with a pre-recorded soundtrack, and the one in which Leo, the MGM Lion, roared for the first time. Here he is on July 31, 1928, speaking for himself: There… Continue reading Quote of the Day: Leo the Lion

Culture, Entertainment, Family Matters, Movies and TV, Science Fiction

May the Fourth

Disclaimer, before I even start: I dread the first few weeks of May.  Every. Single. Year.  It’s one of those stretches of awful memory that many of us have at different times of the year, when it seems that regrets/trauma/cataclysm all pile on top of one another to render certain times insupportable and sometimes just… Continue reading May the Fourth

Entertainment, Life, Music

Ain’t It Funny (How Time Just Slips Away)

Happy 88th birthday to one of my perennial favorites, the one-and-only (other) red-headed stranger in my life, Willie Nelson. May your career last another 65+ years, and may you continue to compose instant classics for yourself and others to sing: And the song that always has the same effect on… Continue reading Ain’t It Funny (How Time Just Slips Away)

Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Plain Speaking

Fire that Canon!

LOL. Following on his his refusal to apologize, and his subsequent "resignation" under duress from Hello, Breakfast, or whatever that show is called, for the thought crime of disbelieving Meghan Markle's Oscar-worthy performance in her conversation with The Oprah last month, Piers Morgan has struck back, suggesting that the senior Primate of the Church of… Continue reading Fire that Canon!

Ave Atque Vale, Culture, Entertainment, Politics

For Two Friends: Rush Limbaugh, and One More

The story goes that when Franklin Delano Roosevelt's funeral procession passed by, a man in the crowd was so overwhelmed that he collapsed on the ground. A person nearby went to his aid and asked: "Did you know Roosevelt?" "No," the stricken man replied. "But he knew me.'" I heard that story told anew when… Continue reading For Two Friends: Rush Limbaugh, and One More

Culture, Entertainment, Quote of the Day, War

“Now, you and I know you can fire three rounds a minute. But can you stand?”

Crimenutely.  I am gobsmacked at the number of people who, on the very few social networking sites I follow, seem to have given into despair. I don’t believe our darkest days are ahead of us.  I never have.  People have been asking, “You’ve always said you’d tell us when it was time to panic. … Continue reading “Now, you and I know you can fire three rounds a minute. But can you stand?”

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?