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Bettina Scherer Enjoys Driving Her Horses

By at September 26, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Bettina Scherer Enjoys Driving Her Horses

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Many years ago, I taught English and writing at what was then Palm Beach Junior College, later Palm Beach Community College, now Palm Beach State College. Teaching is something I enjoy, and some of my students were extraordinary. One of them was Bettina Holland. Not only did she have a gift for writing, but she often wrote about her more...

Ellen Rosenberg

Cast Is Great In ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

By at September 26, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Cast Is Great In ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

‘I’ ON CULTURE Take an all-star cast, put them in a family “tragic comedy,” let them all act their behinds off, and you get This is Where I Leave You. It is a funny movie at times despite the tragedy of the characters’ lives; I laughed a lot. Some of the situations were ridiculous but also recognizable. The movie, unlike many films this year, focused heavily more...

Leonard Wechsler

I’m Waiting For A Baby… And The Baby Is Late!

By at September 26, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I’m Waiting For A Baby… And The Baby Is Late!

THE SONIC BOOMER This is unnerving. My daughter Jennifer was supposed to have her baby yesterday... and she didn’t. Where the heck is that kid? Well, I know where it is. It has spent nine months (and a day) languishing on Easy Street while Jen huffs and puffs up the stairs, falls into armchairs with no grace at all and gets tired two hours after she wakes up in more...

Deborah Welky

Navy Accident Report Sends Us Into Panic Mode

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

Navy Accident Report Sends Us Into Panic Mode

THE SONIC BOOMER Two F-18 military jets crashed in the air over the Pacific last week. One of the Navy pilots was recovered, one lost, along with the planes. As opposed to last week’s rehashing of the 9/11 tragedy, this is the kind of news that doesn’t really affect “The Average American” — that is, unless you have a son or daughter who is in the U.S. more...

Deborah Welky

Third ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Poor Film Making

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

Third ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Poor Film Making

‘I’ ON CULTURE The basic trouble with the new film Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? is that it is like a cheap hammer. You want to build a major project, and the basic tool fails. Fans of Ayn Rand, the objectivist philosopher who believed that big government merely exists to hold back progress, will be disappointed by the poor quality of the work. The film, more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Teens For Jeans’ Clothing Drive Campaign

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

‘Teens For Jeans’ Clothing Drive Campaign

FOOTLOOSE AND...  Our sometimes-maligned teenage population deserves hurrahs for this year’s magnificent “Teens for Jeans” campaign. Already more than 802,000 pairs of jeans have been donated to homeless youth in the United States. That is roughly half of the nation’s under-18 homeless population! This sterling clothing drive, organized by DoSomething.org, more...

Jules Rabin

Mounted Posse Returns After Summer Break

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

Mounted Posse Returns After Summer Break

TAILS FROM THE TRAILS Going on vacation is always a relief, but returning is sometimes just as welcome. On Sept. 6 and 7, the Palm Beach County Mounted Posse super show was back in full swing after its two-month summer break. The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center was humming. The constant hot and dry weather had broken. Overcast skies meant cooler temperatures, but the more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

9/11 Remembrances Bring Me Back To That Day

By at September 12, 2014 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

9/11 Remembrances Bring Me Back To That Day

THE SONIC BOOMER There has been much somber remembering going on this week due to the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We are still suffering the residual effects of the tragedy by being forced to wait in long lines to take off our shoes at airports. Admittedly, that is not as much of a problem in the Flip-Flop State as it is in say, Alaska. more...

Deborah Welky

Florida Whips Driving Clinic At Vinceremos

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

Florida Whips Driving Clinic At Vinceremos

TALES FROM THE TRAILS The weather was great on Sunday, Aug. 24 when a group of driving enthusiasts, both participants and auditors, gathered at the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee Groves for a driving clinic hosted by the Florida Whips. The large covered arena made things comfortably shady. “We’ve had a great turnout,” said Susan Guinan, more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Unwanted Phone Calls An Annoying Problem

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

Unwanted Phone Calls An Annoying Problem

‘I’ ON CULTURE Few things are more annoying than getting unwanted phone calls, particularly if you are in the middle of doing something. The phone rings, you grab the handset, look at a number and realize you don’t recognize it; but, then again, who even remembers most numbers since we started using our smart phones? And then you hear a message that is often a more...

Leonard Wechsler