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Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

George Takei, who was thrown into an internment camp along with the rest of his family and thousands of other Japanese-Americans during World War II, writes about the difference between that ugly experience (which the US government has since apologized for) and the...

Streaming Suggestion: “Shetland”

Streaming Suggestion: “Shetland”

If you're looking for a streaming show to binge-watch, my wife and I suggest the BBC series "Shetland," which is now on Netflix. Based on a series of novels by Ann Cleeves, it takes place on the Shetland Islands in Scotland, where Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez has...

Reclining With A Warm Butt

Reclining With A Warm Butt

Both of the big movie chains in St. Louis (Marcus and AMC) have replaced most of their seats with recliners, no doubt in an effort to lure us out of the comfort of our home viewing environment and into theirs. The change means fewer rows, and thus fewer seats, but...

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

Here's a piece I wrote for Father's Day in 2000... Father’s Day. A day to be proud to be a father, and to remember our own Dads. And to realize that, contrary to what we always believed would happen, there’s a part of us that is turning into a part of him. Every man...

Movie Review: “Incredibles 2”

Movie Review: “Incredibles 2”

In 2004, Pixar was on a hot streak, having released five computer-animated classics in eight years ("Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters Inc.," and "Finding Nemo"). Then came the studio's first movie to star human characters, "The Incredibles." Like...

Movie Review: “Tag”

Movie Review: “Tag”

In January, 2013, Russell Adams wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal about ten friends who played tag. What made this game different is that it had been going on since they’d been classmates at a prep school in Spokane, Washington, three decades earlier. In March...

TV Review: “Mercury 13”

TV Review: “Mercury 13”

When the movie "Hidden Figures" came out a year and a half ago, I wrote about how much I enjoyed it, but how upset I was that we'd never been taught an important piece of NASA history -- the role of African-American women in getting us into space. Now I'm even more...

The Return Of Rupert

The Return Of Rupert

If you're a regular reader of this site, you know that my wife and I have seen every episode of "The Amazing Race" and look forward to each new season. The host, Phil Keoghan, tweeted yesterday that they've just started recording Season 31, which will include teams...

She Ordered WHAT at IHOP?

She Ordered WHAT at IHOP?

Upon seeing a news item about IHOP trying to change its image from a breakfast restaurant to a place you'd go for hamburgers, I recalled this story I first posted in 2010... Getting the right food at the right time isn't always easy. I did early morning radio for 15...

What’s It Like In North Korea?

What’s It Like In North Korea?

With Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un meeting face to face, it's a good time to listen to my 2016 interview with Wendy Simmons about her book, “My Holiday In North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place On...

Steve, Marty, Bruce, and That Tony Moment

Steve, Marty, Bruce, and That Tony Moment

Why would I buy tickets to see Steve Martin and Martin Short at The Fox Theatre later this year when I just watched their entire show on Netflix? Even if I had only seen bits and pieces of it, I still wouldn't go because they didn't make me smile, let alone laugh. The...