While we were still seeing the dentist Dr. Ginopolis, and this must have been when I still had baby teeth, so I’m guessing I was about seven, so we would still have been living on the farm in the Great Stone House, I must have had some problem with a molar or two, such that … Continue reading A Cat’s Eyeball
Children may not obeyBut children will listenChildren will look to youFor which way to turnTo learn what to beCareful before you say"Listen to me”Children will listen —“Children Will Listen” by Stephen Sondheim The first dentist I remember was, I believe, Dr. Noll, whose office was across the street from Kruger’s grocery store in Richland. All … Continue reading Children Will Listen
Since I’ve recently complained a bit about Apple products, I thought I’d mention one of my favorite new features of its latest iOS and iPadOS systems, the ability to lift the subject of a photo. I’ve been finding it quite useful for creating photos for this fine blog. All you have to do is find … Continue reading Lift the Subject
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a mystery fan, having just read a satisfying Christie whodunit, must be in want of another. And after finishing Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, I was rarin’ to tackle one more. As the next episode of the Poirot series was a dramatization of the 1955 novel Hickory Dickory Dock, I decided to … Continue reading Betcha Can’t Read Just One
One of my pet peeves is the way so many English speakers pronounce the German name Richard, as in the first name of two of my favorite composers, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. The German language ch “is pronounced as a rasping sound made in the back of the mouth something like clearing the throat … Continue reading Is Rick Hard?
Another good episode of Scriptnotes as John and Craig welcome Sarah Polley to discuss her latest movie Women Talking. Sarah Polley started her career as an actor and appeared in John August’s first feature, Go, as well as the Canadian dramedy Slings and Arrows. Since then she’s turned her talents to directing with critically acclaimed results.
I’ll admit it. When I heard about the possible negative effects of gas stoves, my first thought was that you’ll have to pry my gas range out of my cold dead hands. After all, I love cooking on my gas range. But then I calmed down (it took at least 20 seconds) and I began … Continue reading Second Thoughts
This is my favorite sweatshirt. I know I must have bought it well over ten years ago. But I can't remember where or when. During the cooler months I tend to wear it every week. It’s very comfortable. So let’s say I’ve had it for 12 years (I think it’s been longer) and that I … Continue reading My Favorite Sweatshirt
Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? James Watts, Agatha Christie’s brother-in-law, complained that her murders were getting too anaemic. He wanted a “good violent murder with lots of blood”, so she wrote Hercule Poirot’s Christmas and dedicated it to him. The 1938 novel is classic Christie and … Continue reading So Much Blood…