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An Afternoon at the Opera… in HD

When my mother drove my siblings and me to our various lessons and appointments after school, she’d have the car radio tuned to the classical station. (There was only one.) Often, we’d listen to opera, and she would sing along. … Continue reading

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Cary, Anthony, & Alice: More Books

Summer’s nearly over. Here’s a few titles to carry you through Labor Day. Princess Bride fans take note. Cary Elwes, the actor who played Wesley, has written a memoir about the making of the 1987 movie, based on the 1973 … Continue reading

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Celebrating “Boyhood”

Childhood, as everyone who’s been through it knows, isn’t always fun. Growing up is hard to do and parents can be real jerks some times. Then we become parents ourselves and realize our parents did their best, as we hope … Continue reading

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Based on a True Story: Movies, Plays, & a Concert & a Book

Based a true story. That’s been the tagline of much of the culture I’ve either seen or read lately. Walking with the Enemy  claims to be less based and more “inspired” by the life of Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum, a young Hungarian … Continue reading

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Is F-Word Usage Flunking Culture?

When did saying the f-word become so common? Why are movies and plays so loaded with vulgar language the plot and characters become secondary? I’m hardly swear-free, and even had a swearing jar myself when in 8th grade, created by … Continue reading

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My Oscar Best Pix: Saving Mr. Banks

If I was asked to select the best picture for the Oscars, which of course I’m not, Saving Mr. Banks  would top my list. I’ve seen most of the nominated movies, and while they are great films, nothing compares to how … Continue reading

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Can We Trust the FDA?

When Ron Woodroof, a Texan electrician and rodeo enthusiast was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, he refused to wait for treatments to be developed and approved by the US Food & Drug Administration. (FDA). In fact, he proved the course of … Continue reading

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