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Toy Stove Brings Skippy Hours Of Amusement

By at May 22, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Toy Stove Brings Skippy Hours Of Amusement

THE SONIC BOOMER Just in time for our planned Memorial Day weekend cookout, I bought a play stove for my two-year-old grandson Skippy. Let him do all the cooking. He wouldn’t complain. He loves to do anything that takes a spotlessly clean room and turns it into a royal mess. Cooking is good for that. Last week, I got him a hammer, a pine board and 100 roofing more...

Deborah Welky

Weak Plot But Lots Of Action In ‘Mad Max’ Movie

By at May 22, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Weak Plot But Lots Of Action In ‘Mad Max’ Movie

'I' ON CULTURE The best thing about Mad Max: Fury Road is that it gives you pretty much what you expect: a long, wild chase through the desert, incredible special effects and almost no intelligent plot. Although many critics have raved about how up-to-date the franchise has become, decades after the last in the series, changes are basically skin deep. Yes, there is a more...

Leonard Wechsler

Joe Mangravito Uses A Light Touch On Horses

By at May 22, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Joe Mangravito Uses A Light Touch On Horses

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Joe Mangravito has a simple philosophy: every horse should be trained the way every zebra must be trained. And he should know. In addition to his five dogs and seven horses, Joe owns two zebras. He drove to Texas to get them last July. They were three days old. “You have to get them when they’re babies,” Joe said. “Any older, and more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

‘The Scarlett Letters’ A Very Fascinating Read

By at May 15, 2015 | 12:00 am | 1 Comments

‘The Scarlett Letters’ A Very Fascinating Read

THE SONIC BOOMER I am reading The Scarlett Letters, which sounds like something you had to read in high school, but isn’t. This is the book edited by John Wiley Jr. featuring all the letters Margaret Mitchell wrote to friends and business associates about the making of her book, Gone with the Wind, into a film. I am halfway through this book, and I am starting to more...

Deborah Welky

IEA’s Finals Bring Crowds To Jim Brandon

By at May 15, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

IEA’s Finals Bring Crowds To Jim Brandon

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Parking was hard to come by April 24-26 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Riders, families and well-wishers had traveled from all over the United States to participate in and support the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Hunt Seat Finals. Established in 2002, the IEA provides riding and showing opportunities for students in grades 6 to more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Curtailing First Amendment A Slippery Slope

By at May 15, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Curtailing First Amendment A Slippery Slope

'I' ON CULTURE Writing a column defending freedom of speech should be the easiest thing in the world. But these days, the issue gets complicated. When The New York Times condemns an exhibit as being beyond what can be defended, we should all be alarmed. The exhibit in question, shown in Garland, Texas, contained a “Drawing Mohammed” contest. Although only more...

Leonard Wechsler

The Fascinating Life Of Show Judge Linda Zang

By at May 8, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The Fascinating Life Of Show Judge Linda Zang

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Linda Zang is a well-known and highly respected judge who has graced the booth of many shows, large and small. Just being in the same room with such a renowned woman felt like an honor. Zang is a U.S. Equestrian Federation “S” rated judge, the first U.S.-based judge to reach FEI 5* status, and one of only 25 FEI “O” level dressage more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

$137,000 Is A Cool Return On A $20 Investment

By at May 8, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

$137,000 Is A Cool Return On A $20 Investment

FOOTLOOSE AND... Math was never my favorite subject in school. So when you buy something for $20 and sell it for $137,000, I can’t figure out what the true profit margin is. Well, let’s see. This gentleman, surely my new hero, named James Tumblin, worked in the hair and makeup department at Universal Studios in the early 1960s. That’s when he decided to buy a more...

Jules Rabin

Mother’s Day Has Changed As I’ve Gotten Older

By at May 8, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Mother’s Day Has Changed As I’ve Gotten Older

THE SONIC BOOMER Sunday is Mother’s Day, and, for me, it has changed dramatically through the years. I didn’t even realize it until lately because it has been a slow process. When I was in my late 20s, what I wanted on Mother’s Day more than anything else was to be a mother. Luckily for me, that worked out. I have fabulous, wonderful, gorgeous children — more...

Deborah Welky

‘Avengers’ Movie: Great Action, Muddled Story

By at May 8, 2015 | 12:00 am | 1 Comments

‘Avengers’ Movie: Great Action, Muddled Story

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron is a whopping blockbuster to open the summer season. It is fun, and it moves quickly through plenty of high-action scenes. Unfortunately, it is a bit too clogged with superheroes and regular heroes to create much real dramatic interest. It is pretty good, but not in the same league as the original more...

Leonard Wechsler