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On Honky-tonks, Wild Folk and Newborns

Posted by admin on April 13, 2012 in Movies, Musings |

Our daughter, Sarah, and her husband, Baruch, are expecting their first baby in July. We have grandkids already. One, Justyce, is already zooming her way to young adulthood. The prospect for the arrival of a newborn is damned exciting. As I think about this new granddaughter, the season is Spring and outside the daffodils are […]

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On Mice and Men–Mostly Men

Posted by admin on March 30, 2012 in Books, Movies |

Last week Betty and I watched the 1992 rendition of Of Mice and Men starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. This particular adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name was predated by a 1939 version starring Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bob Steele. Sometime around 1952 or 1953, at 111 Beech Street […]

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On Baltimore, Deruta and Graffiti

Posted by admin on March 23, 2012 in Movies, Travel |

If your back’s against the wall, turn around and write on it. From http://www.graffquotes.com/ Like a war zone. Coming into Baltimore on Amtrak as the late October sun sneaked over the southern horizon. Barbed wire and concertina on tops of fences. Graffiti. On walls. On railroad cars moored on the spider web of tracks. Hopper […]

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Real Cowboys Didn’t Go to “Cowboys”

Posted by admin on February 17, 2012 in Movies, Musings |

Last weekend I attended a workshop given by teacher, raconteur, cowboy poet, rope twirler, guitar picker, yodeler and warbler extraordinaire, Ernie Sites. The event was held in downtown Boise and sponsored by Elaine Ambrose of Mill Park Publishing in Eagle, Idaho. I like to write poetry but the cowboy poetry genre often confounds me. I’m […]

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The Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Posted by admin on October 14, 2011 in Movies |

When I was a kid in southern Arizona, I went caving and spelunking with a guy who was a middle school teacher in the town where I lived, Casa Grande, Arizona. We walked into basalt cave mouths in the Silver Bells and Silver Reef Mountains, and into our own little Sawtooths. We sniffed around for […]

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Skywalker Ranch Redux

Posted by admin on September 20, 2011 in Movies |

Tonight Betty and I and a few other people, mostly the employees of Skywalker Ranch, will view our film, Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor, at Skywalker Ranch in the redwood country of West Marin county, northern California. Last month we mixed the film there and now we return not as a client, but in a […]

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The Fighter

Posted by admin on August 19, 2011 in Movies |

This last week I watched the movie, “The Fighter,” with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. The movie is brash, crude (like fighters should be), and in the end, redemptive. When I began watching the movie (which I rated five stars on Netflix), I could not envision how it would end well. But, the magic of […]

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