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‘I’ ON CULTURE Looking around for anything amusing on TV, something I find necessary these days, I discovered a sitcom called The Unicorn. Wade (Walton Goggins) is a relatively recently widowed father of two who runs a fairly successful business. But his friends feel he is just marching in place,...
THE SONIC BOOMER Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and I have three choices: The Safe Choice — I spend a couple of days baking, cooking and cleaning; set a beautiful table where flickering candles bathe fall’s bounty in a glorious yellow glow; and have a wonderful private feast with my husband.The Next-Safest...
THE SONIC BOOMER They’d better roll out that virus vaccine in a hurry. People have lost their minds. They’re so happy! They’re spending money like mad. Turkeys are sold out. Christmas shopping has started in earnest. Even poor, beleaguered restaurants are gaining ground. But wait a minute, people! Be careful! It’s...
‘I’ ON CULTURE There’s a new word that’s being used now, digilante, which describes people who fight for their idea of justice through the internet. And like vigilantes of old, they can be fairly casual about the means used to achieve their goals. Vigilantism rightly has a bad reputation (think the...
THE SONIC BOOMER Everything I learned about economics and finance, I learned on Halloween night. That was the night that my younger brother Jim and I, exhausted from trick-or-treating at every house to which our little legs could carry us, would hunker down on the living room floor and “set...
‘I’ ON CULTURE For those who like well-written historical drama, I recommend Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. Since it was written by Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing, Sports Night and a nice group of well-done movies, it is hardly surprising that the dialogue is sharp, pointed and...
THE SONIC BOOMER Where is my comfort food when I need it? Where! There is not a potato chip nor a can of aerosol cheese in the house. Even the ice cream is gone. How am I supposed to get back on an even keel here? It’s only a matter of...
THE SONIC BOOMER You haven’t heard me BMW (Bitch, Moan & Whine) about my Missouri antiques mall for a while, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to catch you up. Following a letter to the mayor asking her to “do her job” (from me) and the passing of the buck...
‘I’ ON CULTURE Netflix had presented us with a cute new movie, Enola Holmes. It focuses on the adventures of Sherlock Holmes’s smarter young sister. For any among us who have actually read Arthur Conan Doyle’s works about the brilliant detective, and even most of the follow-up stories and books...
THE SONIC BOOMER I woke up the last Friday feeling great. I felt so great, I wondered how deeply I’d sunk into the mundane monotony of the pandemic without even realizing it. But, like I said, on that day I felt great. So, powered by newfound enthusiasm, bolstered by caffeine and...