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‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ Pales To Classic Film

By at December 19, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ Pales To Classic Film

'I' ON CULTURE Some movies should never be remade. Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments is one of them, yet Ridley Scott has tried a new version, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is not nearly as good. It is not a really bad movie. It is well-made, the special effects are reasonably good, and the acting, if not brilliant, is adequate. But as I was watching, I really more...

Leonard Wechsler

Check Out These Weird College Courses

By at December 19, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Check Out These Weird College Courses

FOOTLOOSE AND... This column comes with special thanks to Time Magazine — they did the research. Have you heard about these weird college courses? Assuredly these are some of the reasons why some scholars of higher education are increasingly under scrutiny and often verbal attack. For example, Santa Clare University has a class that explores the science of more...

Jules Rabin

Equus Unlimited Offers A Variety Of Services

By at December 19, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Equus Unlimited Offers A Variety Of Services

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Despite her youth, Crystal Pena knows exactly what she wants to do with her life and is well on her way toward achieving it. Although she is only 19, Crystal owns and operates her own horse service company. “I started it in 2010, and at that time I called it Crystal Equine Services,” she explained. “I decided to rename it in 2012 and more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

’Twas The Week Before Christmas…

By at December 19, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

’Twas The Week Before Christmas…

THE SONIC BOOMER ’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the town, everybody is rushing, no sitting around. There is shopping and wrapping, So much still to do! Some cookies need baking, and the fancy breads, too. There are concerts to go to, TV shows and parades, the Nutcracker play and the new Ice Capades. At some point mom cracks, and more...

Deborah Welky

I Spent Black Friday Visiting Some Tack Shops

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

I Spent Black Friday Visiting Some Tack Shops

TALES FROM THE TRAILS As far as I’m concerned, Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and friends, relaxing around the table, catching up on the year and, of course, eating way too much. I get more than a little cranky at how the corporate world is trying to whittle down this family-oriented holiday. Spend more, they insist. And spend sooner. After all, more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Civilian Drone Use Is Downright Dangerous

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

Civilian Drone Use Is Downright Dangerous

FOOTLOOSE AND... These days, drones are exploding in civilian use, and there is no doubt in my mind that people, probably many, many people, are going to get hurt and killed because of them. There were 193 “reported” drone encounters since January. Thus far, the Good Lord and Providence has smiled down, and there have been no reported deaths. Everybody from more...

Jules Rabin

Surrealistic Plot, Great Acting In ‘Birdman’

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

Surrealistic Plot, Great Acting In ‘Birdman’

‘I’ ON CULTURE Occasionally I get stumped when trying to evaluate a movie. That was the case with Birdman, an interesting film that gets dragged down by a lot of surrealism and third-rate symbolism. And that is a shame, because the basic story is one of those really fun “putting on a Broadway show is a real challenge” kind of stories. With a good cast and a more...

Leonard Wechsler

An Interesting Lunch At A Small Town ‘Pub’

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

An Interesting Lunch At A Small Town ‘Pub’

THE SONIC BOOMER On the weekends, Mark and I like to tool around small towns, exploring. We generally stop for lunch at a chain restaurant, simply because my stomach likes to know what to expect. However, sometimes we will try the fare at some local mom-and-pop eatery in an effort to support the local economy. Last weekend, Mark pulled into an “Irish pub.” It more...

Deborah Welky

Nadine Galbraith And Her Amazing Horse

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

Nadine Galbraith And Her Amazing Horse

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Nadine Galbraith knew she wanted to be a veterinarian the first time her family brought their dog to a clinic. She was in the fifth grade. A doctor for animals? It was a profession that combined all of her passions. Nadine grew up in Los Angeles but always wanted to live someplace where they could have horses. She was thrilled when her family more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Acting Makes ‘Theory of Everything’ A Must-See

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

Acting Makes ‘Theory of Everything’ A Must-See

‘I’ ON CULTURE The Theory of Everything is a brilliantly acted, really well-written movie about the relationship between one of the geniuses of the century and the woman he loved — well, most of the time — as his body disintegrated. Stephen Hawking, the brilliant cosmologist, has had a fascinating life, and this movie, based on a memoir by his ex-wife, presents more...

Leonard Wechsler