In Brit series on Thorpe scandal, you may not recognize Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant photo by Kurt Kulac [CC BY-SA]
Hugh Grant photo by Kurt Kulac [CC BY-SA]
My husband and I try to find programs we can enjoy together, and we often fail unless it’s college football. I usually end up reading or writing after we eat and spend time together each evening. Last week I was scrolling around on Amazon Prime and saw a series that looked interesting—A Very English Scandal.

I didn’t pay attention to who was in the BBC production. I remembered the sizzling reportage about the Jeremy Thorpe scandal from the 1970s when I was young and blessedly oblivious to most politics.

We began to stream the show, and after a few seconds, I said, “Wow! That’s Hugh Grant.” Continue reading “In Brit series on Thorpe scandal, you may not recognize Hugh Grant”

Project Blue Book series mixes truth and fiction; UFO mysteries remain

A United States Coast Guard photographer, Shell R. Alpert, took a photograph that allegedly shows unidentified flying objects flying in a “V” formation at the Salem, Massachusetts, air station at 9:35 a.m. on 16 July 1952, through a window screen. (Official U.S. Coast Guard photograph: 5554. Library of Congress Control Number: 2007680837
A United States Coast Guard photographer, Shell R. Alpert, took a photograph that allegedly shows unidentified flying objects flying in a “V” formation at the Salem, Massachusetts, air station at 9:35 a.m. on 16 July 1952, through a window screen. (Official U.S. Coast Guard photograph: 5554. Library of Congress Control Number: 2007680837

If you’re interested in unidentified flying objects, the History channel series Project Blue Book will definitely entertain you. The series is based on actual events, but admittedly, quite a bit of fiction is thrown in with the evidence. If you’re a skeptic, you may deride the series. If you’re a proponent of the theory alien creatures could try to visit Planet Earth, you may deride the government. As with all theories investigated by the government, the truth lies somewhere between.

We can come to at least two definite conclusions about Project Blue Book, an investigative program begun by the US government in 1952. Continue reading “Project Blue Book series mixes truth and fiction; UFO mysteries remain”

Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes

Image from @rickygervais on Twitter
Image from @rickygervais on Twitter

Awards shows for US royalty aren’t my thing, but media have gone wild over the Golden Globes hosted by Ricky Gervais last night. Most outlets are focusing on his insults to the tinselati who attended the gala.

Most are ignoring his comments about “woke” companies and their chummy relationship with China, a relationship that by necessity includes the communist party in that authoritarian country. Continue reading “Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes”

Unlikely bedfellows: ASJA joins Pacific Legal in suing California over freelance assault

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher sponsored anti-freelance bill in California
Image of Gonzalez Fletcher, author of the anti-freelance bill in California, from Ballotpedia.

Sometimes news strikes a personal chord, and that’s how I feel about the state of California’s latest assault on freedom. A new law authored by state Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher has brought together two unlikely bedfellows—the American Society of Journalists and Authors and Pacific Legal Foundation.

Gonzalez Fletcher’s law is a brazen assault on the freelance writing profession as I know it. Continue reading “Unlikely bedfellows: ASJA joins Pacific Legal in suing California over freelance assault”

From pogonip to Leap Day, TOFA is full of surprises and tips

The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020 photo by Indie Art South
Photo: Indie Art South

In today’s digital world, a publication enduring for 228 years is a thing of wonder. If you dive into the pages of The Old Farmer’s Almanac 228th Anniversary Edition, you’ll see why this book has made its way to millions of homes over the years. From explaining what the word pogonip meant to American Indians to little known facts about Leap Day in the leap year of 2020, TOFA has you covered. Continue reading “From pogonip to Leap Day, TOFA is full of surprises and tips”