Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Rich Bardic Tradition

Every once in a while I see a bit of evidence of our society’s limitless appreciation for and love of our storytelling … our bardic tradition.  It’s an organic, almost unconscious process, that results in very vivid and comprehensive incorporation of story elements and characters into … Continue reading

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Contrast, Truth, and Beauty

2001 “Save the Last Dance” – a gem of a movie – have you seen it?  The characters are complex, vivid, and display problems and potential that many of us have experienced, either directly or indirectly.  The stories are familiar – … Continue reading

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AT&T and Time Warner Cable – My Experiences

Over the past few weeks, I have had a great deal of interaction with the personnel of AT&T and TWC.  Their people have all been very courteous and responsive and seem to have the greatest desire to be of service … Continue reading

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Cable TV – Casting By – A Documentary

HBO is broadcasting a great documentary called “Casting By” about the history, development, and wonderful contributions of the field of casting.  The piece is an incredibly interesting description of how movies and TV have been casted since before there were true casting professionals, and … Continue reading

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Adults Have To Be Told Not To Do The Strangest Things Sometimes

“The Current” is a daily paper in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, California.  On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, it had an article that blew my mind – “Newport Beach approves ban on picketing outside homes” – I couldn’t believe that adults … Continue reading

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Traffic Court

Not too long ago a friend of mine was unjustly ticketed, and she decided to go to traffic court to present her case.  She even had gone back to the site of the ticket, took pictures from the viewpoint of where … Continue reading

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Sometimes It’s The Motorcycle Rider’s Fault

First, let me be clear on one thing – I have nothing against motorcycles or the people who ride them.  Motorcycles can be a lot of fun, and several of my friends and members of my family enjoy riding them – but they do require more … Continue reading

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The Food Channel

Some of my favorite programming is on the Food/Cooking Channels.  I have definite opinions on some of the people involved with these programs – i.e., within some of the best shows there are also some of the worst annoyances.  It’s very unfortunate that some … Continue reading

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Neat Driving Tips

Driving in traffic is the most powerful combination of intimacy, anonymity, and danger in our society.  That is why I am intolerant of inadequate driving choices.  Do you want to die because of the idiotic actions of another?  Do you … Continue reading

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The Words Do Count

There’s a popular phrase among young adults and teens used to indicate mild derision, you’ve probably heard it: “That’s so gay.”  I actually mentioned to my son once that some people might be hurt by his use of that phrase, … Continue reading

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