I traveled with Rebecca on Tuesday to a private event in Fernandina Beach. A new restaurant was doing a trial run before opening to the public—a ‘soft opening.’ Rebecca contracted to provide music for the evening. Because the restaurant is new, we had no idea what to expect. I came away with positive impressions. The biggest one: Captain Jack’s Smokehouse serves real barbecue.
Miranda Lambert is one artist who never ceases to surprise. Lambert just debuted a song I’d say leans to punk country, and she’s celebrating finding homes for her “mutts”—all 61 of them.
Direct mail solicitations have long been a go-to for US businesses, political parties, and others. When you get an offer in the mail, it’s likely that offer is the product of artists, graphic designers, writers, and marketing specialists. We just got the quirkiest direct mail piece ever—so quirky I was hesitant to open it. The offer contained in the letter—that’s one of the key components designed to get you to act on the offer—is a complete no-brainer. The whole package is quite mysterious.
If you’re a baby boomer, you know what D-Day was and what it stands for. If you’re younger, probably not so much. The tragic dearth of history, both global and domestic, in US classrooms has led to broad ignorance on more topics than I can count. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 men were carried across the English Channel to begin wresting France from the hands of the National Socialist German Workers Party, more popularly known as the “Nazis.” Mother Nature had actually delayed the crossing by a day. Thousands of Allied troops died; thousands of Nazis died.
If you lived through the 1980s as an adult in the United States, you heard about the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine (then in the USSR), the worst such acknowledged disaster of its kind at the time. Ronald Reagan was president of the US; Mikhail Gorbachev was general secretary of the ruling communist party. Despite widespread analyses, investigations, and reports, there is still an element of distrust about the impacts of the explosion and fires that blew a small part of the reactor core into the atmosphere. The HBO series is riveting so far—I’ve watched four of the episodes.
Poet Jennifer Reeser has a new sonnet at Rattle, a print and online magazine known for publishing poets laureate and emerging voices. The sonnet, “Strong Feather Buries the White Woman’ is powerful, not just in terms of the history of our young country, the US, but in terms of my personal history. By coincidence as I read her sonnet for the first time, I was also engrossed in Reeser’s latest collection, Indigenous. In between reading those poems, I’ve been immersed in reading the A Song of Ice and Fire novels the HBO series Game of Thrones was based upon. Her
Abstracts and releases about study results proliferate these days, and scribes who write for news sites often don’t go beyond the excerpts. Now some media are running stories about a study done on “high school students”, with results indicating “intelligence to be a significant predictor of the preference for instrumental music, but not of the preference for vocal-instrumental music.” Genres of instrumental music cited by The NY Post include “jazz, classical, big band and ambient/electronica.” If you buy into this sweeping statement, it’s a good idea to consider relevancies, some of them pointed out by the study author who is
My husband is still amused at my anger over the not so grand finale of Game of Thrones. After all these years of intrigue, war, and treachery, and after the incredible manipulation of fire-breathing dragons, how could the writers let us down in such an epic manner? I am now somewhat redeemed. Football great Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, had some things to say about the finale, and he perfectly summed things up. Yes, the finale was a giant bust, and not the kind of bust often bared or semi-bared in the iconic series.
We headed out to vote in our local Jacksonville Elections on May 11, and this Early Vote experience was a bit different. There was a food truck in the parking lot at the South Mandarin Library, and there was also the car that became an icon courtesy of the original Ghostbusters film. The car, ECTO-1, could have been the original or a replica—I’m not sure about that. It looked authentic. There were also different costumed characters wandering around. We saw one lady with this huge curved horn-looking thing. I’m not sure what it was.
It’s not a good idea to talk about reining in government power over speech in China. It’s a worse idea to do a search for information on a subject like the Tiananmen Square massacre. The concept of innate human rights doesn’t exist in the world’s most populous country. Now China citizens will not even be able to turn to the popular online ‘encyclopedia’ Americans consult so much it’s one of the top Web sites in the world. Why aren’t Western media talking about this?