Monthly Archives: September 2016

Good Knight, Sleep Tight

SPOILER WARNING, especially for The Yellow Knight of Oz Ruth Plumly Thompson introduced the character of Sir Hokus of Pokes in her first Oz book, The Royal Book of Oz, and he quickly became a standard part of the royal … Continue reading

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Trumped-Up Trickle-Down

I watched the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump last night, and it was both entertaining and terrifying. Do these debates ever actually change anybody’s mind, or do viewers just want to see the person they don’t like … Continue reading

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Mandatory Weirdness

Last night, Beth and I saw “Weird Al” Yankovic at Radio City Music Hall, the last performance of his Mandatory World Tour, in support of an album that came out two years ago. I think the guy deserves some rest … Continue reading

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The Power of Christ Compels You to Read This Book

The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty – The movie version of this was one of the first films Beth and I saw at the theater together. I’m pretty sure the VERY first was X-Men, but we saw the re-release of … Continue reading

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Mangaboos and More

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz isn’t one of my favorite Oz books, perhaps because the Emerald City seems less welcoming than usual. And after a journey as dark as the one in the rest of the book, where the … Continue reading

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When Funny Book Families Fall Out

So, here are three reviews of movies that don’t have anything to do with each other aside from my having watched them recently. Uncle Buck – I never saw this as a kid, and pretty much all I knew about … Continue reading

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Stations of the Flag

I don’t follow sports, so I doubt I ever would have heard of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to remain seated during the national anthem before a football game if it hadn’t been all over the news. But I did see a … Continue reading

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