Entertainment, Family, Movies and TV, Music

Occasional Quote of the Day: “I always think there’s a band, kid.”

A little more than sixty years ago, after many unsuccessful attempts to sell his pet idea as a television special, a former piccolo player in John Philip Sousa’s band who had moved on to a career as a musical director for the NBC radio network and as a successful Hollywood composer, scoring such movies as… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “I always think there’s a band, kid.”

Education, Entertainment, History, War

Movie Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

I just ordered the blu-ray edition of what I think may be Peter Jackson's greatest movie, They Shall Not Grow Old.  I say this as a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies to the extent that I binge-watch the three of them every year between Christmas and New Year's Day.  I did this… Continue reading Movie Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

Culture, Entertainment, Food and Drink, Humor

Occasional Quote of the Day: Everybody’s Saying SPAM!

Happy 83rd Birthday, Spam! This much maligned loved product, from the Hormel Company, was first introduced to the world on July 5, 1937. Its name was based on two words (neither of whose products is actually in thing itself): SPiced and hAM. Thus, SP-AM. (The ingredients in Spam, as announced in early days were “pork, salt,… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Everybody’s Saying SPAM!

Entertainment, History

Occasional Quote of the Day: “I’m going to be with Gloria now.”

Those were the last words of James Maitland Stewart, who was born in Indiana PA on May 20, 1908. A shy young man, he was fascinated by early airplanes and considered signing up for the military, but was discouraged by his father, who urged him to attend college instead. At Princeton (BA–Architecture–1929), the young James… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: “I’m going to be with Gloria now.”

Entertainment, Music, Quote of the Day

Occasional Quote of the Day: From the Last of the Red-Hot Mamas

“Once you start carrying your own suitcase, paying your own bills, running your own show, you’ve done something to yourself that makes you one of those women men like to call ‘a pal’ and ‘a good sport,’ the kind of woman they tell their troubles to. But you’ve cut yourself off from the orchids and… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: From the Last of the Red-Hot Mamas

Entertainment, Politics

Vote Conservative, Actually

In what may be the Conservative’s last ad filmed before the election, BoJo parodies the carol singers scene from Love Actually to good effect. This just premiered a couple of hours ago on the UK and is already hugely popular. “Brilliant,” as my countrymen like to say. The Conservatives are polling at about 43%, Labor at 33%,… Continue reading Vote Conservative, Actually

Entertainment

Occasional Quote of the Day: A One-Woman Positivity Machine

There is a fountain of youth: it is in your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. — Sofia Villani Scicolone And there is much more from the young woman who once… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: A One-Woman Positivity Machine

Entertainment, History

Occasional Quote of the Day: Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Disclaimer: I can’t be sure that’s true, because I’ve never owned any. But certainly, if I were to try and come up with my own undeniable truth in that regard, two of the items high on my shortlist would be flat, comfortable shoes and non-binding, full-fashioned, all-cotton underpants. But I digress; so before I head… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Entertainment

Hot Stuff: “Something,” or perhaps I mean “It”

Where do I begin? Well, here’s a thought: Ricochet member Kent Forrester's recent post, “My Ten Favorite Poems,” easily won promotion to the Main Feed, broke the 100-comment mark, and is still going strong. Proof positive (as Kent himself intimated) that title, title, title on a blog or social media site doesn’t presume to fill the same… Continue reading Hot Stuff: “Something,” or perhaps I mean “It”

Entertainment, History

Love Changes Everything

Colin Thackeray is an 89-year old Chelsea Pensioner, a resident of a retirement and nursing home for former British Army personnel located in London. The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a 350-year old institution founded by King Charles II as a home for veterans modeled on a similar institution in Paris. Today, there are about 300 residents, all of… Continue reading Love Changes Everything