This isn’t a “news” blog, and there’s nothing I have to say about the three humongous events that happened in the United States on Friday that hasn’t been said better already by others. But I can’t ignore them either, and having just listened to Obama’s Eulogy in Charleston (as it will be recorded in history [...]

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It’s official, the Donald has entered the race for the GOP presidential nomination. At this point is there anyone left who isn’t running? We have lots of familiar names vying to get  lucrative FOX News contracts save the country. But does anyone seriously think that Ben Carson, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz and company [...]

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VM Gautier on February 21st, 2015

Watch an old movie from the 1920s and you’ll see the telephone was already fully integrated into people’s lives, but it was not yet in everyone’s home. Often there would be a coin operated phone in the corridor or a communal one in the parlor of a boarding house. But by the end of World [...]

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Marion on February 12th, 2015

I didn’t watch the Grammy’s and mostly what I heard about was Kanye West’s latest “tell us what you really think even if nobody asked” rant.  Then today, trolling the internet for references to La Traviata as I am wont to do, I found out about Katy Perry’s Verdi inspired dress by Valentino. The opera/classical music [...]

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Marion on November 27th, 2014

What the hell. It’s Thanksgiving, so here are a couple of recipes. I don’t really follow recipes so I’m not going to tell you how much of each of thing exactly. It’s all to taste. I totally believe in tasting when you are cooking. I realize that if at this late date you are looking [...]

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