It’s only logical to believe in Mr. Spock.
What did you know, and when did you know it?
The catchphrase, forever associated with the Watergate scandal, hinges on the culturally accepted definition of knowledge as a body of facts. These days, facts, it seems, mean different things to different people. Opinion masquerades as fact, […]
The marmot, a member of the groundhog family, is a shy retiring type, eluding autograph seekers by hiding in a burrow.
Today is Groundhog Day, a holiday which will forever be linked in my mind with Bill Murray.
Maybe I’ve watched the movie too many times. What can I say? It resonates with me.
Even raptors must feel the urge to nest.
Like birds on the wing, the flutter of opinions stirs the air we breathe. Try as we might to still our minds and think pure thoughts, currents of rage and sorrow and desire carry us far from the places we thought we were going, and we […]
‘Tis the season for excess.
At this time of year, when we should all be thinking of others and trying to be the person our dog thinks we are etc., the impulse to go overboard can get the best of the best of us.
When my children were little, and still true believers in the […]
The Bristol-Palace Hotel in the spa town of Karlovy-Vary, Czech Republic, served as an inspiration for the setting of Anderson’s latest film.
I confess. I am a fan of the films of Wes Anderson.
Although my infatuation with all things Anderson began with the very first film he co-wrote with his friend Owen Wilson, […]
My brother Jeff watched the ducks enjoy our backyard stream.
Audiences are trained to expect comedy from ducks.
Consider Donald. Also Daffy. And, of course, the Marx Brothers, who, while not ducks themselves, knew the value of a good duck joke.
So perhaps it’s understandable that when writer/director Nicole Bettauer’s 2005 independent film Duck […]
My Dad, who would have been 91 tomorrow, was a lifelong cat lover, but he had room in his heart for dogs. This is Laddy, our collie who made life interesting in our tiny house until he bit the mailman and had to move to a farm where there was more room for him […]
There’ll always be an England in one small corner of Georgetown.
Every fandom has its debates.
Gryffindor vs Slytherin. Edward vs Jacob. Angel vs Spike.
Fans of Jane Austen tend to be a civil bunch, disinclined to wage the sort of rough and tumble debate that thrives on the internet. Although, much as I […]
Like a portal to a timeless era, Washington Square arch is an iconic landmark of Greenwich Village.
I was intrigued when I saw the trailers for the recent Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis. The carefully composed images of Greenwich Village evoked the gritty glamor of the early 1960s in that neighborhood where poets, […]
Even though I rode a bike at a young age, I knew I was a girl. Check out the footwear.
Contrary to popular mythology, I didn’t learn everything I know from my cat.
I was schooled by the lyrics of Broadway musicals. In our house when I was growing up, these classic gems of […]