We lost count of casualties after all the bashing, crashing, and ugly straightaway endos. … More American Flat Track: How about sticking to ovals?
I was ticked. Merchandise was in the cart; it wasn’t as though someone had vanished from the earth, leaving a transport device with saddlebags and you assumed the bags were for the taking. … More Rat-assing a Cardinal, flirting outrageously, and relief from brown-paper shopping bags
The story picks up after the halfway point when Frank Lloyd Wright emerges from behind the mahogany paneling in support of Gordon, who sharpened her attack against International at the same time the McCarthy hearings were going on. Wright was delighted to join in against the Europeans and reestablish his legacy. … More In ‘Tastemaker’ we see F. Lloyd Wright’s boost for Eliz. Gordon of House Beautiful
I told Preston the story about my experiment in visiting a nondenominational Christian church at the end of 2017. His response: “You believe in God?” I’m still trying to figure out which heinous act might have suggested otherwise. … More Chemo diary, Part 3: Angels are everywhere on this earth
After graduating from Vandy, she sold her camera collection in order to finance her first weeks, and went to New York to make it in show biz. While running through her funds–“There’d always been dollars in my pocket because Daddy put them there”–she teamed up with (metronomic?) accompanist-arranger-conductor Martin “Ticker” Freeman in a long-lasting professional relationship. … More The good kind of Hollywood shows up in a biography of Dinah Shore
Back in the Civil War era, when turpentine was being distilled from Ponderosa pitch, one distiller learned the hard way about the disadvantages of confusing the identification of these yellow pine species. … More For love of Lanner: Trees of the Great Basin is an enduring treasure
Here’s a quick way to learn how arrogant and condescending some people can be: Say you grew up with semi-automatic weapons in your home but never contemplated a mass shooting. Then suggest there must have been a cultural shift that made mass shootings conceivable. It is really the availability of weapons, or is it the … More Hollywood’s ultraviolence, chaos theory, and the end of mass shootings