Super Bowl first-half notes: “God Bless America” was better than Pink’s blowzy R&B anthem. Thank goodness she at least spat out her gum before lyp-synching. Player intros: Chris Hogan played lacrosse at Penn State? Team intros: Why does the announcer sound so gruff? Bud Light troops rally forth to initiate the sequence of BL ads. … More Noble play onfield, smutty mouths in commercials, and that’s it for football till draft time
This woman, whose name is Joan, is a delightful eccentric with a bold print blouse and bold scarf and lots of rings and bracelets and a Texas accent. She wants to own a ‘61 Chevy someday. … More Film fest rule number one: Don’t show the Norwegian director your script!
In charge of a backhoe crew repairing a broken water pipe beneath the plaza’s parking lot, he would have been convincing, but he was the big spiritual cheese in the room. … More The Pastor from Elmo Hollow, or how it worked to pick at random for my annual church visit
Here are the good and bad from 2017: Toughest Good-bye to a Canine: Molly, shown above in September of 2016, lived with Susan in St. George, Utah, but was an occasional visitor to my house, as in this backyard photo. She lived a long life, was always ravenous but otherwise contented, and showed friendliness to … More A tough good-bye, weather extremes, best movie and books, and other 2017 highlights
The conclave to choose a successor to Pope Benedict XIII started in March of 1730 and was still under way in mid-May when a series of earthquakes shook Italy. God seemed displeased at the contentiousness and corruption, as Spain’s King Philip V, France’s Louis XV and Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI all pushed their own … More ‘Eyewitness Views’ makes us part of the 18th century’s ceremonies and calamaties
A guest chef in my kitchen has made me realize how much I’m missing blood orange olive oil. … More Amy’s Palm Springs Dessert Salad
What makes Mr. Young’s very short book creak very loudly is its relativism and the fundamental presumption that more socialism is the answer to everything. … More In theory, postcolonialism was a thing, but today’s pragmatic nations are ditching it