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Nothing Like A Displaced Southerner In Winter

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

Nothing Like A Displaced Southerner In Winter

THE SONIC BOOMER When I first moved south from Wisconsin, a native Floridian commented to me one day, “It looks like we’re going to have some weather.” I was perplexed. Didn’t Florida have weather every day, just like every other place on the planet? I soon came to understand that Florida “weather” referred to anything that wasn’t hot and sunny or, more...

Deborah Welky

Who Cares About The Oscars? Very Few People

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

Who Cares About The Oscars? Very Few People

‘I’ ON CULTURE We used to really care about the Academy Awards. People argued over the merits of different movies, and Best Picture winners were important. But in recent years, we have been getting more movies nominated that no one has even seen. We were at an Oscars party Sunday night, and many of the guests had not seen most of the movies. I was one of two more...

Leonard Wechsler

Courses In The Masterson Method In The Area

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

Courses In The Masterson Method In The Area

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Acreage resident Mary Last owns and runs Hands On Equine Services. Horses are her passion, and she’s well-respected in the field of equine massage. Always eager to learn more, she recently took the weekend introductory course in the Masterson Method and was so impressed that she then attended the more intensive, five-day symposium. Jim more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Sweet Valentine’s Day Story For ‘Late Bloomers’

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

Sweet Valentine’s Day Story For ‘Late Bloomers’

THE SONIC BOOMER Here’s a late-blooming Valentine’s Day story for all you late-blooming valentines. I am going to change the names to protect the innocent. We’ll say it’s about my friend “Betsy.” I met Betsy in Wellington when we were co-workers. We had a lot in common. She was, in fact, the maid of honor at my wedding. She’s smart, honest and a good more...

Deborah Welky

Crazy, Violent Plot, But Fun Time In ‘Kingsman’

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

Crazy, Violent Plot, But Fun Time In ‘Kingsman’

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new film Kingsman: Secret Service is a wild, crazy, funny bit of a mess. It will never be nominated for an Academy Award, the cast gleefully goes overboard with their lines, and, frankly, I had a ball. November through January is not only the season of Academy Award hopefuls, it is also a time when we wish for something fun. In recent weeks, I more...

Leonard Wechsler

Turf Tour: A Laid-Back Wellington Alternative

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

Turf Tour: A Laid-Back Wellington Alternative

TALES FROM THE TRAILS During the season, it seems as if you can’t throw a stone without hitting a horse show. There are the big venues: the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home of the Winter Equestrian Festival; the nearby PBIEC Stadium, home of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival; and the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. There are other local show more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

A Great Pairing: Valentine’s Day And My Birthday

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

A Great Pairing: Valentine’s Day And My Birthday

THE SONIC BOOMER This month, Friday the 13th is sandwiched right between my birthday (well, OK, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, too) and Valentine’s Day. Therefore, I see absolutely nothing that could go wrong on this dreaded of all Fridays. Of course, you could have bad luck on Friday the 13th, if you tried. If you decided to pamper yourself with a red roses, good more...

Deborah Welky

George Morris Clinic A Fascinating Experience

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

George Morris Clinic A Fascinating Experience

TALES FROM THE TRAILS The ninth annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, presented by the United States Hunter Jumper Association, was conducted at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center from Dec. 29 through Jan. 3. The prestigious clinic was created by George Morris, John and Beezie Madden and Connie Sawyer. Its main aim is to elevate more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

‘Jupiter Ascending’ Has Great Effects, Poor Plot

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

‘Jupiter Ascending’ Has Great Effects, Poor Plot

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new film Jupiter Ascending is a gorgeous mess. The special effects are stunning, as is star Mila Kunis. Unfortunately, it looks like the writers were from a junior high school writing class. There were fancy space stations, Air Jordans that could really fly and all sorts of space aliens. And just about all of them seemed to be getting in the way more...

Leonard Wechsler

Pet Peeve: Let Me Explain Why I Hate ‘Spa Music’

By at February 6, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Pet Peeve: Let Me Explain Why I Hate ‘Spa Music’

THE SONIC BOOMER It’s time for another one of my famous tirades. But, unlike most of my tirades, this one is not directed at an inanimate object that could care less. This time there’s a human component. I’m talking about spa music. My husband Mark loves it. He plays it in the car, thanks to Sirius bouncing the drivel off a satellite for our “listening more...

Deborah Welky