One critical protection for musicians and attendees at outdoor concerts

It was a classic yin and yang moment. We were standing in a park along with hundreds of others here in Florida. We’d come to hear music, grab a bite from one of the food trucks, and socialize. My husband walked over to me and asked, “You got any of those wipes you always carry in that thing?”  Continue reading “One critical protection for musicians and attendees at outdoor concerts”

‘I Can Only Imagine’ a must-see film for music lovers and musicians

I haven’t listened to a lot of contemporary Christian music, and until the song “I can Only Imagine” made its way into the mainstream, I wasn’t aware of the strength of that market. This weekend, I did something I rarely do—bought a digital copy of the film the song inspired. Even if you’re not Christian, you should see this film. Both music lovers and performers will learn a lot. Continue reading “‘I Can Only Imagine’ a must-see film for music lovers and musicians”

‘The Americans’ finale: One giant snoozefest

Warning: Spoilers ahead. Don’t read this if you haven’t seen the finale and don’t want to know what happens.

Last night, I actually arranged my evening around a TV show. I’ve followed The Americans fairly loyally since the first episode. Sometimes the series got bogged down in navel gazing, but overall it was a very entertaining narrative about Russia, Gorbachev, Reagan, the FBI, and the KGB. I tuned in at 10 p.m. to FX, expecting a strong finish. Instead, it was one giant snoozefest. Continue reading “‘The Americans’ finale: One giant snoozefest”

Summer poems trend with forced rhymes, but not all is lost

Perhaps only a psychic could see how Twitter selects trends each day, but at present, you’ll find #PoemToWelcomeSummer among top items. The topic shows 1, 546 Tweets as I write this, compared with another trend, #ILikeIt, with 673,000 current Tweets. Maybe some Twitter controller just had a beam in his eye for childhood summers.  The Twitterverse jumping on the summer poems chain gang favored forced rhymes and ditties. Poems included advice on sunscreen and laments about kids already bored now that school is out. All, however, is not lost.  Continue reading “Summer poems trend with forced rhymes, but not all is lost”

Memorial Day origins still debatable, but US honors war dead in unison

Societies have honored those who died in war dating to antiquity. In the US, we pay tribute on the last Monday in May. There is still an argument about who was the first to celebrate Memorial Day in the US, but there is unity in paying homage to those who’ve given their lives for country and flag. In the South when I was a young girl, I remember my grandmother buying artificial poppies from veterans collecting money for various causes on Memorial Day. Because the day was a holiday that demanded little in the way of celebration, everyone had their own take on observing it.  Continue reading “Memorial Day origins still debatable, but US honors war dead in unison”

After the royal wedding, notes on art, weddings and royals overlooked

I confess I didn’t watch the royal wedding. It wasn’t because I don’t like Prince Harry or his bride Meghan (Markle). It is because the concept of royalty offends the fervor in my DNA for liberty and equality. I did follow news, though, and some matters were overlooked. One of them is significant. It is because of royals that we now, in the US, consider white the official color for wedding dresses.  Continue reading “After the royal wedding, notes on art, weddings and royals overlooked”

Woman is forgotten hero in search for St. Peter’s tomb

First in reviews of recommended summer reads: The Fisherman’s Tomb (John O’Neill)

John O’Neill, an attorney best known for his political writing, has penned a fascinating account of a secret mission undertaken by The Vatican. The mission’s modern seeds were sown in 1939 when a Christian grave was discovered beneath the Vatican. The surprise in that find is that the grave dated to pagan times when Christianity was oppressed by the Romans. Another surprise in the outcome of the search is that a woman, Margherita Guarducci, is largely responsible for its success.  Continue reading “Woman is forgotten hero in search for St. Peter’s tomb”

TV blight prevails, but at least Luther, Sunday Night Football are tops

I have trouble with TV. Right now, every time I hit a new channel, it’s all about the royal wedding, crime, or psycho chefs. There’s not much I can sit through these days. I have too many books lying around and they’re a lot more interesting. That said, I do have a few shows I like to watch. Two of the features I do watch are among the most popular shows in the US and the UK.  Continue reading “TV blight prevails, but at least Luther, Sunday Night Football are tops”

‘Cultural appropriation’ critics warn about Cinco de Mayo and sombreros

I’m not surprised by messaging from some quarters about May 5, otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo. Gonzaga University, a place I usually associate with basketball, is warning students about the horrendous act of wearing a sombrero if you’re not Mexican. This holiday wasn’t well known in the US until the last decade or so. In Mexico, it’s not a major holiday either.  Continue reading “‘Cultural appropriation’ critics warn about Cinco de Mayo and sombreros”

3,000 people and a lame comic—a gold mine for real comedy

Above the fold, just about everywhere, are stories about the ‘comedy’ routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  Some thought the comic funny. Others thought her lame. I tried to watch some of the video, but her voice tuned me out. She delivers her routine in what might be called a soft shriek, sort of like chalk squealing on a board.  Continue reading “3,000 people and a lame comic—a gold mine for real comedy”