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9/11 Remembrances Bring Me Back To That Day

By at September 12, 2014 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

9/11 Remembrances Bring Me Back To That Day

THE SONIC BOOMER There has been much somber remembering going on this week due to the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We are still suffering the residual effects of the tragedy by being forced to wait in long lines to take off our shoes at airports. Admittedly, that is not as much of a problem in the Flip-Flop State as it is in say, Alaska. more...

Deborah Welky

Florida Whips Driving Clinic At Vinceremos

By at September 12, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Florida Whips Driving Clinic At Vinceremos

TALES FROM THE TRAILS The weather was great on Sunday, Aug. 24 when a group of driving enthusiasts, both participants and auditors, gathered at the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee Groves for a driving clinic hosted by the Florida Whips. The large covered arena made things comfortably shady. “We’ve had a great turnout,” said Susan Guinan, more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Unwanted Phone Calls An Annoying Problem

By at September 12, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Unwanted Phone Calls An Annoying Problem

‘I’ ON CULTURE Few things are more annoying than getting unwanted phone calls, particularly if you are in the middle of doing something. The phone rings, you grab the handset, look at a number and realize you don’t recognize it; but, then again, who even remembers most numbers since we started using our smart phones? And then you hear a message that is often a more...

Leonard Wechsler

Ice Bucket Challenge? Nobody Has Asked Me

By at September 5, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Ice Bucket Challenge? Nobody Has Asked Me

FOOTLOOSE AND...  I haven’t succumbed to the Ice Bucket Challenge yet. Nobody has asked. But I promise if I get several sincere requests, I’ll have one of my grandkids record the historic spectacle — and I know the three people I will request to do similarly. After all, this relatively simple way of making a meaningful charitable donation (a check to the ALS more...

Jules Rabin

Monica Lalama A Rider, Trainer & Artisan

By at September 5, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Monica Lalama A Rider, Trainer & Artisan

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Monica Lalama’s life has turned out just the way she wanted. “Training horses is a job I love,” she said. “It’s my life.” Originally from Perth Amboy, N.J., her family moved to Cooper City in Broward County many years ago. “My little brother was sick, and the doctors suggested a warmer climate would be better for him,” Monica more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Time To Start Planning Halloween Parties!

By at September 5, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Time To Start Planning Halloween Parties!

THE SONIC BOOMER September... I made it! Glorious September, when the leaves begin turning magnificent colors, when the ground gets crunchy beneath our feet, when the aromatic smell of wood smoke first tinges the air, when the… oh, wait. That’s up north. But Florida has its September, too, highlighted primarily by the facts that the kids are back in school, more...

Deborah Welky

‘Begin Again’ Puts Its Focus On The Music

By at September 5, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Begin Again’ Puts Its Focus On The Music

‘I’ ON CULTURE I was pleasantly surprised by Begin Again. It is an art house kind of movie, and it has hidden there most of the summer, finally coming to some of the larger theaters. It was advertised as a romantic comedy, and when I saw that the stars were Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo, I was worried. He’s old enough to be her father. But the romance involved more...

Leonard Wechsler

Pilates Is Uniquely Suited For Equestrians

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Pilates Is Uniquely Suited For Equestrians

TALES FROM THE TRAILS It was such a simple thing, something riders do every day without thinking: mounting a horse. Kathy Newman, a successful hunter/jumper rider, stood on the mounting block and stepped across. The horse moved further out, Newman missed and went down, hyper-flexing her knee the wrong way. “I basically tore everything,” she recalled. “The only more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Help! My Phone Is Slowly Taking Over My Life

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Help! My Phone Is Slowly Taking Over My Life

THE SONIC BOOMER Having a problem with your computer? Call in a 13-year-old to take a look at it. That’s the old joke, but it’s true! How those kids know what’s wrong with it is beyond me. It’s like when the Beatles were introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show. Our parents were in the room, snickering at the moptop haircuts, but every kid in America knew the more...

Deborah Welky

‘Sin City’ Movie A Stylized Study In Violence

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Sin City’ Movie A Stylized Study In Violence

‘I’ ON CULTURE I am torn when writing about Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The movie is slick and moves quickly, but the subject matter is unappealing. A sequel to the Sin City film that director Robert Rodriguez did back in 2005, it has great production values. The plot moves quickly, occasionally a bit too quickly. But the characters are unsympathetic. The men in more...

Leonard Wechsler