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Skippy Has Mastered The Art Of The Prat Fall

By at July 25, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Skippy Has Mastered The Art Of The Prat Fall

THE SONIC BOOMER Once a week, I take my grandson to gym so he has the chance to interact with other toddlers and to pick up whatever cold is in style that week. It’s not the gym’s fault. They try to keep everything clean. It’s the kids. Get 10 tots together and someone is bound to have something. I mean, the rest of the week they’re being hugged, kissed and more...

Deborah Welky

Todd Flettrich Draws Crowd To ShowChic

By at July 25, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Todd Flettrich Draws Crowd To ShowChic

TAILS FROM THE TRAILS Tucked away in a small spot on Fairlane Farms Road, ShowChic is a gem of a boutique, offering stylish riding apparel, horse-themed gifts and accessories, including breeches, show coats, stock ties, shirts, helmets, jewelry, gloves and saddle pads. Geared mostly toward dressage, ShowChic stocks products by Kentucky, Cavallo, Arista, Pikeur, more...

Business , Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Romantic Comedy ‘Sex Tape’ Disappointing

By at July 25, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Romantic Comedy ‘Sex Tape’ Disappointing

‘I’ ON CULTURE I was deeply disappointed with Sex Tape. I enjoy romantic comedies; happy endings are nice, and being able to relax knowing there’ll be such an ending usually improves my mood. But when a movie is simply so ill-conceived that even having Cameron Diaz at the center is boring, well, what can you really do? The problem is that the film promotes itself more...

Leonard Wechsler

The Phantom Loves Summertime Dining

By at July 25, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The Phantom Loves Summertime Dining

Summertime... summertime... summertime, I love summertime dining: no crowds, no waiting, greatly reduced summer prices. Three- and four-course prix fixe meals, reduced wine and beer, creative summer cocktails and nightly specials make dining out very affordable during the off-season. The very enticing deals on meals that are offered this summer at all of my favorite more...

The Phantom

Professional Sports Remains Very Lucrative

By at July 25, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Professional Sports Remains Very Lucrative

FOOTLOOSE AND... In the past, this column has advised parents (tongue-in-cheek) to steer their offspring toward professional sports rather than science, medicine or the law. The recent victory of young Rory McIlroy at the British Open Golf Championship kind of proves the point. McIlroy, just 25, shot an impressive 271 to capture the crown by two strokes over Segio more...

Jules Rabin

Morning Star Adds Trail Riding Program

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Morning Star Adds Trail Riding Program

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Tucked away on three quiet acres in Little Ranches, Morning Star Ranch offers a variety of hippotherapy and therapeutic horsemanship classes. Turning Point Therapy is the brainchild and special mission of owner Trisha Coates. The ranch’s mission is to support equestrian programs that promote physical, emotional, cognitive, psychological and more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

My Pot Has An Amazing Story To Tell (Or Not)

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My Pot Has An Amazing Story To Tell (Or Not)

THE SONIC BOOMER At an estate sale last weekend, my husband Mark wanted to spend $125 to buy a plain copper pot with two handles and a lid. He claimed it was a pressure cooker, hand-hammered in England. I wasn’t so sure. “I think it might be a tourist item made in India,” I said. “No way,” he countered. “Look at this house. Everything in here is an more...

Deborah Welky

‘Planet Of The Apes’ Sequel Worth Watching

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Planet Of The Apes’ Sequel Worth Watching

‘I’ ON CULTURE If you think that the new movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is simply a sequel, you are in for a surprise. Just as another superior sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, struck new ground in the Star Wars series by turning from a simple story of heroism into a darker family political drama, the new movie breaks new ground in the series. Unlike the more...

Leonard Wechsler

Annoyed With Politics? Enjoy Political Humor!

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Annoyed With Politics? Enjoy Political Humor!

FOOTLOOSE AND... It’s time for a different look at politics... Politics to the left of us… politics to the right of us… We might as well relax and smile at these political aphorisms from both sides of the aisle: The problem with political jokes is they get elected... We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office... Politicians more...

Jules Rabin

Natalia Elina Praises Reining Expert Jon Ingram

By at July 11, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Natalia Elina Praises Reining Expert Jon Ingram

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Growing up in Russia, Natalia Elina was 5 when she saw her first horse. “Like many Russians, my family spent the summer in the country at a dacha, a kind of summer house,” she recalled. “We visited with friends who lived next to a park, and someone rode by on a huge gray draft horse. That was it. As soon as I saw that horse, I knew that more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian