Speaking Truth to Power, Jamie-Style

View image | gettyimages.com This past Saturday, as Sarah was out grocery-shopping with Dominic, and I was doing something equally important, James, the Fifth Son, was watching Netflix. Saturday-morning cartoons are pretty much an inalienable right in our house. If I remember correctly, the majority of the boys were downstairs with “Wolverine and the X-Men” at the [Read More…]

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Scott Tennant, François Couperin, and A Charming Number of My Favorite Things

I’ve loved guitarist Scott Tennant for years, ever since I first saw The LAGQ’s “Loose Canon.” I love his expressions (facial), his expressiveness (musical), and the way the guitar looks like a toy in his huge (yet gentle) hands. I’ve loved François Couperin’s “Les Barricades Mistérieuses” for ages. (Yes, Sam Rocha, long before I first saw Tree of [Read More…]

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A Mystery of Grace

From Benedict XVI’s “Dogma und Verkundigung:” The mystery of the annunciation to Mary is not just a mystery of silence.It is above and beyond all that a mystery of grace. We feel compelled to ask ourselves: Why did Christ really want to be born of a virgin? It was certainly possible for him to have been [Read More…]

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Catching a GLIMPSE

WOW. Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. [Read More…]

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The Big Bach Puzzler

Over at NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog, Tom Huizenga has a fun little quiz called “Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler.” His music, as compelling today as it was centuries ago, continues to inspire artists of all stripes. So if you thought you knew a few things about the granddaddy of classical music, try this puzzler to see [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Hunt for Red October”

It’s been a really tough week. My head’s spinning, and we’re all feeling pretty numb. So I’m stepping away from the Tarkovsky for a bit, and heading straight for something “mindless.” Though I don’t necessarily mean that as a criticism. In fact, it’s downright therapeutic, at times. As is so often the case when I [Read More…]

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SSF: “Death Buy Lemonade”

I love today’s short for two reasons. (At least.) First, it’s Monday, so the mood on display here is a pretty accurate reflection of how I usually feel this early in the work week. Even down to the “I might be cute, but you’d better not get in my way right now” bit. Except I’m [Read More…]

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SVS: “Charade”

Today’s suggestion is a specific manifestation of one of Susanka’s Most Sacrosanct Suggestion Axioms. The universal principle I’m invoking? Cary Grant’s films are to be viewed as frequently and with as much enjoyment as humanly possible. The particular manifestation of that principle for today? Charade, currently available on NETFLIX INSTANT, HULU PLUS, and YOUTUBE($). Cary Grant [Read More…]

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Remembering the Sound of Hal Douglas

Hal Douglas passed away last week. Who, you ask? Hal Douglas. Yes, you know him. Or at least you know what he sounded like. From his NY Times obituary: Mr. Douglas was known for a generation in the voice-over industry as one of the top two or three go-to talents, along with Don LaFontaine, the most prolific, [Read More…]

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The Fruit Dove: One of Nature’s Sharpest Dressers

Before today, I had no idea Fruit Doves even existed. Now that I know, though, I’m the richer for it. The fruit doves, also known as fruit pigeons, are a genus (Ptilinopus) in the pigeon and dove family (Columbidae). These colourful, frugivorous doves are found in forests and woodlands in Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is [Read More…]

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