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‘Captain America’ A Great Summer Blockbuster

By at April 11, 2014 | 12:00 am | 1 Comments

‘Captain America’ A Great Summer Blockbuster

‘I’ ON CULTURE Summer is arriving, and we already have blockbusters. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is not only a fun superhero movie, but a thoughtful political thriller. While most movies in the Marvel universe are simply big special-effects shows, this movie also has roots in the conspiracy movies of the 1970s. Some of the dialogue, about a super-state more...

Leonard Wechsler

I Regress Whenever I Visit My Parents

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I Regress Whenever I Visit My Parents

THE SONIC BOOMER I flew to Wisconsin last weekend for my father’s 85th birthday. I’ve known him since he was in his mid-20s. In fact, except for mom, I’ve known him longer than any other living human being. I love to visit him because, fortunately, he’s exactly the same guy I’ve always known. Of course, I have changed dramatically. I’ve grown up more...

Deborah Welky

Breathing New Life Into My Old Saddle

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Breathing New Life Into My Old Saddle

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Once upon a time, long, long ago, a little girl dreamed of owning her own horse. She’d keep it in the basement, teach it to climb up and down the stairs to go out to graze in the small fenced back yard, and ride it back and forth to school. Well, that plan never panned out, but I did manage to finally buy my first horse when I was 19, at the more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

The Special Olympics: Where Everyone Wins

By at April 4, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The Special Olympics: Where Everyone Wins

TALES FROM THE TRAILS What if there was a horse show where everybody won? On Saturday, March 22, approximately 80 riders, 30 horses, 40 volunteers and a whole host of family members, well-wishers and supporters gathered under the huge covered arena at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium on South Shore Blvd. for the Special Olympics Area Games. The more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

‘Noah’ Has Great Effects, But Strays From Story

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‘Noah’ Has Great Effects, But Strays From Story

‘I’ ON CULTURE Noah is the first big blockbuster of the year. Much of it is excellent, as the computer-generated effects show the destruction of Earth, fallen angels build the ark and the animals do their move into the huge lifeboat. Even the human element seems strong. But, somehow, much of the story gets lost in politically correct melodrama. Even more confusing, more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Medical Overtesting’ Can Cause Big Problems

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‘Medical Overtesting’ Can Cause Big Problems

FOOTLOOSE AND... According to Rosemary Gibson, co author of The Treatment Trap, and innumerable medical pundits, Americans are being subjected to far too many medical tests. For example, nearly two thirds of women who have had hysterectomies and half of women over 65 without a cervical cancer background report taking recent pap tests despite the recommendation more...

Jules Rabin

My Very Unscientific March Madness Brackets

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My Very Unscientific March Madness Brackets

THE SONIC BOOMER Here it is April and March Madness is still going on. But I’m excited about it — I’m ahead in my brackets. Last year, I knew nothing of brackets. In fact, I knew nothing of basketball except for what I learned on a date to see the Milwaukee Bucks when I was about 20. And that was professional basketball. March Madness refers to college more...

Deborah Welky

Tropical Hay & Feed Owners Expand Store

By at March 28, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Tropical Hay & Feed Owners Expand Store

TALES FROM THE TRAILS It wasn’t that long ago that June and Robert “Bob” Orvis finally took the plunge and opened a feed store. After many years of driving semi loads of hay back and forth from Canada to South Florida, it was time to stay put for a while and take a break from the road. And so, in October 2013, they signed the lease and moved into one of the more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Car Buying Was Not Part Of The Plan

By at March 28, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Car Buying Was Not Part Of The Plan

THE SONIC BOOMER We bought a new car. I say it matter-of-factly and devoid of excitement because that is how it happened. We were cruising down the interstate, four hours into what was to be a 19-hour trip, and I smelled transmission fluid. “I smell transmission fluid,” I said. “Uh-huh,” said Mark, dismissing the comment, perhaps because I am a girl, and more...

Deborah Welky

‘Divergent’ An Interesting Film With Plot Holes

By at March 28, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Divergent’ An Interesting Film With Plot Holes

‘I’ ON CULTURE I thought Divergent was a pretty decent film. There were many inherent weaknesses, but there was enough interesting action to keep the audience engaged. Based on a bestselling series of books by Veronica Roth, it is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago. People are divided into five cliques, each one an emotional state that is completely emphasized, more...

Leonard Wechsler