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The Amazing Story Behind ‘God Bless America’

By at March 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The Amazing Story Behind ‘God Bless America’

FOOTLOOSE AND...  Yes, it took two iconic American music masters, Kate Smith and Irving Berlin to produce America’s number one patriotic song, “God Bless America.” Smith, the nation’s No. 1 songstress in 1940, dreamed about finding a highly patriotic song in the days before the country’s entry into World War II. Finally, she contacted Irving Berlin and more...

Jules Rabin

Time To Celebrate My Parents’ 65th Anniversary

By at March 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Time To Celebrate My Parents’ 65th Anniversary

THE SONIC BOOMER All us kids — and by “kids,” I mean “my parents’ offspring,” nothing age-related — are trooping up to Wisconsin this summer for, get this, Mom and Dad’s 65th wedding anniversary. They have been happily married for 65 years. Some people are divorced by the 65th day. As the eldest “kid,” I felt I had the right to demand something more...

Deborah Welky

‘Insurgent’ Doesn’t Manage To Go Anywhere

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‘Insurgent’ Doesn’t Manage To Go Anywhere

‘I’ ON CULTURE The main problem with Insurgent is not just that it is a sequel, but that it is a muddled, unfocused, boring one. Some sequels are pretty much as good as the first (the first and second Hunger Games come to mind) and a few might even surpass (Godfather II over Godfather, maybe; The Empire Strikes Back over Star Wars surely, although both are more...

Leonard Wechsler

Need A Break? Time For Shopping Therapy!

By at March 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Need A Break? Time For Shopping Therapy!

TALES FROM THE TRAILS There’s a lot more to do in Wellington during the Winter Equestrian Festival than participating in and/or watching shows. The somewhat chilly weekend of Feb. 20-22 featured a couple of special sale events. The Tackeria had its 40th Anniversary Sale. They’ve been at their current location, at the corner of Pierson Road and South Shore Blvd., more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Finding The Perfect Pony Takes A Lot Of Effort

By at March 20, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Finding The Perfect Pony Takes A Lot Of Effort

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Buying a horse isn’t like buying a car. Every car feels and runs pretty much like every other car of the same model. Sure, you can order different colors and accessories, but they drive identically. Finding the right horse is a little like finding the right mate. You’ve got some pretty definite ideas about what he or she should look like, more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

I’ve Been Tracing The Footsteps Of Walt Disney

By at March 20, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I’ve Been Tracing The Footsteps Of Walt Disney

THE SONIC BOOMER One of the things I like most about spending time in Kansas City is the Walt Disney connection. After all, he grew up here. I figure if I hang around the places he hung around, a little bit of his genius will seep into me. So far, it hasn’t happened, but there are a lot of creative people here. And creativity is encouraged — with real money. The more...

Deborah Welky

‘Cinderella’ Will Thrill The Young Girl In Your Life

By at March 20, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Cinderella’ Will Thrill The Young Girl In Your Life

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new Disney version of Cinderella is charming, and absolutely perfect if you have a young girl with you while watching it. Forget the Grimm Brothers vs. Perault versions, this film seems taken directly from the Disney cartoon. That was designed to be sweet in the 1950s, and this one is as well, although since it’s live action, the mice don’t more...

Leonard Wechsler

Tom Brady’s Tax Bill Versus Your Tax Bill…

By at March 13, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Tom Brady’s Tax Bill Versus Your Tax Bill…

FOOTLOOSE AND... Tom Brady, recent MVP of the 2015 Super Bowl, makes a very nice living quarterbacking the New England Patriots. But even he has to keep a wary eye on his taxes. Brady’s Super Bowl bonus was a handsome $97,000. Since he pays in the top income tax bracket, his immediate tax hit was $38,412. His top Medicare rate of $2,280 brought the figure up to more...

Jules Rabin

Fascinating Speakers At Dressage Canada Event

By at March 13, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Fascinating Speakers At Dressage Canada Event

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Dressage Canada members met frequently at Wellington’s Wanderers Club during their second annual Florida Fortnight, which ran from Jan. 25 through Feb. 3. Open to anyone, the symposium provided educational and development opportunities for riders at every level, as well as a wonderful forum to meet and mingle with like-minded dressage more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Don’t Trust My Memory About St. Patrick’s Day

By at March 13, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Don’t Trust My Memory About St. Patrick’s Day

THE SONIC BOOMER Tuesday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. One of these days, I’m going to get to Boston and learn the proper way to celebrate. But, until then, I have to rely largely on my own imagination. This is not as difficult as it sounds. First, I enumerate everything I know about the holiday, which isn’t much. Here’s what I remember: • Our more...

Deborah Welky