Category Archives: The Arts

The Humble Harmonica

There’s something I’ve been thinking about lately. It might sound strange to some people, but why isn’t the harmonica a more popular instrument? It’s often seen as a kid’s toy or lame or dorky. People dream of becoming a guitar hero, a pyrotechnic drummer, or a groovy bassist. They fantasize about being a hot DJ, […]

Some Things I Hate (Arts & Culture Edition)

I’m not exactly sure why I’m writing this. I think I mostly just feel like arguing about some really low stakes stuff. I’m looking for fun arguments. So, if you respond, please keep it fun. I should also note that this is not an exhaustive list and I’m not going into a lot of detail. […]

‘Tis Always the Season

I love Christmas- the spirit, the music, and the joy it inspires especially in children. You wouldn’t be able to tell from my living space though. I don’t put up decorations because it’s such a hassle. And at the top of that hassle list is the Christmas tree. We had a rather ornate tree when […]

If I Had a Boat

The Holmes Brothers‘ “If I Had a Boat” has been stuck in my head for about a week now. It’s fantastic. It’s one of those songs I could listen to on repeat and not get sick of it. I’m writing about it for a few reasons. First, I just want to share. It’ll make your […]

Cool (Christmas) Blues

Charles Brown is a fascinating figure in American music. He’s great, first of all. Absolutely great. He’s legendary in the blues and traditional R&B worlds, but most people now probably don’t know him by name. He was a singer, pianist, and songwriter. The easiest way to describe Brown’s sound is he is where Ray Charles […]

Some Thoughts on The Flash – Armageddon

I’ve been a bit behind in my TV watching since September. But with many shows going on their winter hiatuses, I’m starting to catch up. I just watched the five-part Flash – Armageddon. I had some thoughts. For no good reason, I thought I’d share them. First, I enjoyed the event. Flash has had a […]

All I Want for Christmas Is for Everyone to Stop with the Mariah Carey Memes

There’s one holiday tradition we need to end. Every year, we can’t go on social media in December without being inundated with memes complaining about Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” They suggest everything from it becoming an unwanted earworm to it triggering PTSD. I’m no Mariah Carey fan. That’s not why […]

Spoilers

Spiderman – No Way Home came out this weekend. I haven’t seen it yet. I’d like to at some point, but I’m busy and broke. What I have seen, though, is incessant chatter about spoilers. People asking, begging, and imploring others not to spoil the movie. Reviews labelled as spoiler-free or with spoiler cautions at […]

Shakespeare

I’m taking a class and we’re doing some work on Romeo and Juliet. I have read and seen Romeo and Juliet before, but it has been a while, so I’m actually rereading it even though I could probably do all the work without rereading it. My daughter was asking me why I’m reading it since […]

I’m Trying Something New and I’d Love Your Support

There is a new social media site called Simily. Its goal is to create a community of readers and writers. Their tagline is, “Experience great stories.” As a lover of great stories, that had me curious. I signed up and I like what I’ve seen so far. It turns out they are different than anything […]