Covid and the 60 inch TV


For years, I wanted a big screen HDTV. I asked my children, co-workers and complete stranger on street corners all over the country, if they would find it in their heart to buy me BIG TV. Even though I am a good convenient Christian, I had to buy my own like a semi-normal person. (I’veContinue reading “Covid and the 60 inch TV”

Tales from the crypt: ghost stories from Japan


Scary story: Chinatsu Ushidaki, who performs under her stage name, ‘Senka Ushidaki,’ wishes to preserve the art of telling ghost stories. | COURTESY OF CHINATSU USHIDAKI BY DAISUKE KIKUCHI/Japan Times In a damp afternoon in early July, almost two dozen people sat in silence in a dark room on the sixth floor of a buildingContinue reading “Tales from the crypt: ghost stories from Japan”

IF YOU CANT LIVE WITHOUT YOUR CELL PHONE PLEASE STAY HOME! A STANDING OVATION FOR ACTRESS PATTI LUPONE!


A scene from “Shows for Days” with, from left, Dale Soules, Patti LuPone and Michael Urie.    CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times Yes, this is America! Yes ,it is your cell Phone! Yes, you can use it anytime you want it! Obsession, absence of self control.  Not sure what it is.  There are some peopleContinue reading “IF YOU CANT LIVE WITHOUT YOUR CELL PHONE PLEASE STAY HOME! A STANDING OVATION FOR ACTRESS PATTI LUPONE!”

Emimen Should Look Happier after making History… (Apparently Not)


picture USA Today By Adam Fleischer/MTV Early in his career, Eminem was a wild and zany jokester. In his songs, music videos, interviews — wherever, really — his acting over-the-top was pretty consistent. In recent years, though, Em has gotten a bit more serious, both in his music and demeanor. Even with that, his lack ofContinue reading “Emimen Should Look Happier after making History… (Apparently Not)”

Check her Out INTRODUCING “Soak”


NPR The first words Bridie Monds-Watson sings on her debut album double as a tidy thesis statement: “A teenage heart is an unguided dart.” The Irish singer-songwriter, who records under the name SOAK, made Before We Forgot How To Dream while she was still 18 — some of these songs date back to her earlyContinue reading “Check her Out INTRODUCING “Soak””

Racist Dr. Seuss drawing up for auction


By Melonyce McAfee/CNN A California auction house is selling an early drawing by Dr Seuss that’s sure to disappoint the parents and children who adore his later work. The 1929 color illustration for “Judge” magazine depicts a blatantly racist scenario and uses a slur to describe black people. It’s being auctioned for a minimum bid ofContinue reading “Racist Dr. Seuss drawing up for auction”

Unhappy Living in the US? Try Switzerland


Apparently, this goes beyond the great taste of Swiss chocolate. Switzerland is the happiest country in the world, according to a global ranking of happiness unveiled by the United Nations in New York on Thursday. The 2015 World Happiness Report is the third annual report seeking to quantify happiness as a means of influencing government policy.Continue reading “Unhappy Living in the US? Try Switzerland”

The Kremlin Keeps Banning Culture: an Opera, a Movie … Twerking


The Putin administration is trying to make culture in Russia conform to its idea of “moral awareness.” But the result could be the death of art. By:Anna Nemtsova/The Daily Beast Do you twerk in patriotic colors? Do you like movies telling of dark corners in your country’s history? Well, you’re in trouble in Russia asContinue reading “The Kremlin Keeps Banning Culture: an Opera, a Movie … Twerking”

Sweden keeps ban on spontaneous dancing


Dancing protesters oppose the dance permits on the streets of Stockholm in 2012. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT Spontaneous dancing remains outlawed in Sweden except in venues with special “dance licences” after a majority in parliament voted down a move to free the feet.   By Paul O Mahony/The Local If the owners of bars, clubs or restaurants lack aContinue reading “Sweden keeps ban on spontaneous dancing”