Category Archives: The Arts

Go Johnny, Go!

It’s rare to be able to point to someone as definitively the best at anything.  Chuck Berry is the greatest of all time when it comes to Rock and Roll.  When you look at his body of work, it’s staggering.  It’s not just that he had a lot of good songs.  He had a lot […]

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Initial Thoughts

Back in 1997, I didn’t have cable television.  I had a hand-me-down TV with an antenna.  I got ABC (sort of), CBS, CPTV, NBC and Fox.  There were two new networks that I didn’t get, the WB and UPN.  I was really bummed that I didn’t get UPN.  Star Trek Voyager was on that channel […]

The X-Files

I’ve been watching The X-Files since 1993.  I even watched when Mulder left and was replaced by the Terminator.  I wouldn’t call myself a hardcore fan, though.  I’ve always enjoyed the show, but I’ve always preferred the monster of the week stories to the overarching conspiracy stories.  My favorite episodes are the comedic ones. Season […]

Ella Gives Us a Swinging Christmas

There is a correct answer to the question, “What’s the best Christmas album.”  The answer is Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald.  It is a truly great album.  Not just a great holiday album, but a great album.  It sounds as good in July as it does in December.  It’s basically perfect. […]

A Different Dickens Christmas Story

I’m going to start my annual re-reading of A Christmas Carol tonight.  One stave a night for five nights will let me finish it on Christmas Eve.  My edition of A Christmas Carol also contains several other Christmas stories that Dickens wrote.  I’ve read them before, but it’s been a while and I had some […]

The Last Jedi, Again

I just saw The Last Jedi for a second time.  I still don’t know what to make of it.  It’s fine, I guess, sort of.  It’s as least more OK than could be expected given that it’s the second chapter of a story started by Force Awakens.  Nothing’s really changed since I last wrote about […]

Winter Songs

I always wonder why any song about or featuring winter becomes a Christmas song.  “Jingle Bells”, “Sleigh Ride” and “Winter Wonderland” have nothing to do with Christmas.  We should be just as happy listening to them in February as we are in December.  But we’re not, and I think that’s strange. Other holidays don’t co-opt […]

I Miss Star Wars

I just saw Star Wars – The Last Jedi.  I am at a loss what to write about it.  I have no strong opinions about it.  Sure, I can say things about it: it was way too long, one of the main plot threads turned out to be a snipe hunt, Luke’s “Just For Men” […]

My Favorite Holiday Music

Today I’m really at a loss what to write about for my December 2017 daily post.  One thing about the holidays is they are more fun when we share things.  So, tonight I want to share one of my favorite pieces of holiday music.  It’s the album Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah* by The Klezmatics. […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I know, I’m a movie behind.  The Last Jedi just came out, so why am I talking about The Force Awakens?  The answer is simple, I haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet, but I just finished watching The Force Awakens.  It was the last movie of my binge before seeing the new one.  I hadn’t […]