Farewell, Frédéric Back

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On Christmas Eve, as I traveled West for the hol(i/y)days, the world of animation lost one of its legendary “elder statesmen:” Canada’s own Frédéric Back, a two-time Oscar winner, and creator of the famous animated short, The Man Who Planted Trees. From the LA Times obit: Frédéric Back, 89, who won two Oscars for his poignant [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Your Name, Sir?” Edition

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This is hilarious. So hilarious that no commentary is …you know…necessary. Just watch. Best part about that sketch? The fact that it lead me to this clip, which almost made me stop breathing. And that it reminded me of this clip, which remains one of my favorite “There’s no way I was expecting him to be [Read More...]

The Benefits of Reading for (and to) Others

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Confucius once said “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day… …but teach him to read, and he’ll be able to keep his little brothers occupied for hours.” Or something like that. And it’s absolutely true. In my house, we don’t have Readers and Non-Readers; we have Genuine Readers and Readers Who Read [Read More...]

Curing My Canon Fatigue

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Pachelbel’s Canon in D is one of those pieces that a) is truly great, and b) I can barely listen to any more because ALL THE COMPILATION CDS! “Classical One-Hit Wonders” are fairly common, but Johann’s in a category all his own; “ubiquitous” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Search for “Pachelbel” on Amazon, and then [Read More...]

A Blessed Thanksgiving to One and All

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Traditional- Simple Gifts with Alison Krauss by Yo-Yo Ma on Grooveshark ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight. BONUS: A [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — Docter’s “Next Door”

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Just in case I “buried the link” a bit too deeply in yesterday’s Pixar post, I wanted to make sure everyone saw this. It’s called Next Door, and it’s a student film from Pete Docter. You know, Pete “The Guy Who Directed Up” Docter? Which makes perfect sense once you see this. (Especially when you compare [Read More...]

Things Learned Between WY and CA (and Relearned Between CA and WY)

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Thing One: That’s a radiator cap. Everyone (or every car) should have one. For a brief moment on that fantastic 80MPH stretch between Salt Lake City and St. George, we did not have one. Or at least we did not have one attached to our radiator in quite the way one might wish. As a [Read More...]

Cyan’s Back!

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I don’t have a lot of  teenage memories. In fact, as I’ve surely remarked/lamented before, I don’t have a lot of memories from any stage in my life. But of the few I do have, some of the fondest are the laughter-filled hours my siblings and I spent gathered around the computer playing adventure games. [Read More...]

From the Depths to the Heights in Mere Seconds

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Last night was nerve-wracking. Crawford was surprisingly spectacular, and Kershaw was solid. The defense was neither. Freddy Garcia was crafty (as I feared he would be). The Braves were scrappy (as I knew they would be). After six, all we knew for sure was that it was as if none of those innings had even happened. We [Read More...]

“Mother, look! What’s all this?”

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We have no use for melodramatic Starkian warnings here in Wyoming. Winter isn’t “coming;” it is, or it is not. Yesterday evening, I walked home across a chilly, rainy, snowless landscape. This morning, this: I’ll bet the Public Works folks are less than thrilled, but the boys sure do love it. Well,  most of the boys [Read More...]


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