Category Archives: Movies

This and That from Here and There

I’ve been listening to Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis, an excellent podcast that has to do with the history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.  AIDS first appeared in the 1980s, so it’s easy for us to forget in … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed

The Good Earth (1931) – Pearl S. Buck Buck, the daughter of missionaries, spent much of her life in China and many of her novels are about China and its people.  The Good Earth, her best known novel is about … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month

It seems that I haven’t published a “Quiz of the Month” since August 2018.  Sorry about that.  But now it’s back! This quiz has to do with books and movies.  You may find that you’ve seen some of this information … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

I recently read a delightful book of quotes titled Wild Words from Wild Women: An Unabridged Collection of Candid Observations and Extremely Opinionated Bon Mots by Autumn Stevens.  (She also has a 2021 day-to-day calendar, which might interest you if … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

In this edition of Lagniappe (a Cajun French word that means “something extra”), I’ve gathered together more items than I normally include in a single post.  It seems appropriate to do so in view of the pandemic that has most … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra and From Here to Eternity

In the novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Johnny Fontane, a popular singer, has fallen on hard times.  He feels that the only way to revive his faltering career is to get a certain part in a war movie that’s … Continue reading

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Things to Do If You’re Stuck at Home

Many people are stuck at home during this pandemic.  It may be a new and unsettling situation since we all live at a frenzied pace most of the time.  So what can you do for yourself, and what can you … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Mo Rocca is a correspondent on the popular CBS program, Sunday Morning. He is also the author of Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving and of the popular podcast of the same name.  Somehow he has managed to put a unique … Continue reading

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Desert Island Reads

You’re visiting this website because you love books, and you’re probably hoping to come across some interesting books to add to your “to read” list (as if it isn’t long enough already).  But consider the many books you’ve already read … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

Richard Feynman was a brilliant theoretical physicist, bongo player, and safecracker.  He was also an excellent writer – especially about his personal life.  I recommend his books “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character and The Pleasure … Continue reading

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