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Winter Is A Challenge For Displaced Floridians

By at November 21, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Winter Is A Challenge For Displaced Floridians

THE SONIC BOOMER It is fall, and I am north of the Mason-Dixon Line, where fall should be celebrated. In November, the leaves are beautiful; the air is crisp and wild turkeys are running alongside the road. Of course, that’s early November. By late November, there’s nothing left of the fall leaves except an immense raking job, the air turns frightfully cold more...

Deborah Welky

Terrible Movie: Avoid ‘Dumb And Dumber To’

By at November 21, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Terrible Movie: Avoid ‘Dumb And Dumber To’

‘I’ ON CULTURE Dumb and Dumber To is remarkably unfunny. How bad is it? There were more laughs in the drama Interstellar than in this so-called comedy. We waited 20 years for a sequel and could have waited a hundred more. This film is a stinker. Since directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly have not had a hit in years, nor have stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, we can more...

Leonard Wechsler

Dressage Riding A Passion For Robin Shehan

By at November 21, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Dressage Riding A Passion For Robin Shehan

TALES FROM THE TRAILS The youngest of five children, Robin Shehan grew up in Easton, a little town in Maryland. When two of her older sisters started riding, Robin decided to give it a try as well. She started off riding hunters with a local pony club, then did some eventing. “I was always a good athlete,” Robin said. “I loved field hockey and track and field. more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Basketball Great Vandeweghe’s Stunning Legacy

By at November 21, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Basketball Great Vandeweghe’s Stunning Legacy

FOOTLOOSE AND...  He may not have been a Michael Jordan or a LeBron James, but Ernie Vandeweghe, who died earlier this month, was a true NBA star as a seven-year regular starter for the New York Knickerbockers. In addition, the 6’3” guard was the father of former NBA, two-time All Star Kiki, who averaged a rather healthy 19.7 points per game during his more...

Jules Rabin

Women In National Politics Making Great Strides

By at November 14, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Women In National Politics Making Great Strides

FOOTLOOSE AND...  I’m old enough to remember when women in politics were somewhat of a rarity. Next year, more than 100 women will serve in Congress for the first time in history. Yet in our recent election, of the 15 women running for the U.S. Senate, only four were winners. There will be 20 female senators, perhaps 21 if Louisiana’s incumbent, Mary Landrieu, more...

Jules Rabin

Make Sure Not To Squelch Your Inner Artist

By at November 14, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Make Sure Not To Squelch Your Inner Artist

THE SONIC BOOMER... I miss my hobbies. Between writing jobs, babysitting and the antique store, my needlepoint has gone by the wayside. The last thing I collaged is sitting in a closet, and I haven’t sketched anything in a decade. I’m just too busy. When I first met Mark, I only had two jobs, so I had a little time. I was in the midst of my papier-mâché phase more...

Deborah Welky

Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Is Brilliant Filmmaking

By at November 14, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Is Brilliant Filmmaking

‘I’ ON CULTURE Interstellar is a brilliant piece of filmmaking, not surprising since its director is Christopher Nolan, easily the most interesting, and possibly the best, director of our time. For a change, we have a movie — a very, very long movie — painted on a huge canvas. The meaning of life and love are portrayed in interesting ways within the structure more...

Leonard Wechsler

Missing The Wellington-WEF Message Board

By at November 14, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Missing The Wellington-WEF Message Board

TALES FROM THE TRAILS It’s funny how you come to rely on certain things in your life, hardly noticing or missing them until they’re gone. I’m not much into surfing the web, don’t have a smart phone and have never sent a text. I use Google when I’m researching. Other than that, the three main sites that I visit regularly are Yahoo to check my e-mail, more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Bill Murray Makes ‘St. Vincent’ Worth Seeing

By at November 7, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Bill Murray Makes ‘St. Vincent’ Worth Seeing

‘I’ ON CULTURE While we now are in the season for quality blockbusters, each arriving one week after the other to allow time to pick up the easy money, the small movie St. Vincent has slipped into theaters. It manages to avoid being sentimental and sappy by just a hair, probably from the quickly receding hairline of Bill Murray. The movie should be overly more...

Leonard Wechsler

Side Trip Leads To My Latest Housing Adventure

By at November 7, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Side Trip Leads To My Latest Housing Adventure

THE SONIC BOOMER I am writing this at 4 o’clock in the morning, so excited I can’t sleep. Mark and I are still in Kansas City with the newborn, waiting to take over when my daughter heads back to work. But both Mark and I grew up near water, so sometimes we miss it. Amber waves of grain have their own beauty, but you can’t waterski on prairie grass! So last more...

Deborah Welky