Ever taken a picture of something, a person or group of people; and noticed five or ten or twenty years later, that there is something in the background; a car, house, building, an old barn, uncle Fred mowing the lawn, a 59 Chevy Impala Convertible; that you’d really like to remember better, but it’s out […]
UPDATED 07/13/2015 I’m old enough to have put a quarter and two dimes my father gave me into a cigarette machine, asked the man at the gas station to help me pull the very stiff lever to dispense a pack of my father’s brand, thanked the man, and carried my purchase home to dad. I’m old enough to […]
It’s late summer in the Northern Hemisphere and signs of the season are everywhere. In wheat fields the stalks are bending under the load of ripened grain, ready to harvest; trees are dropping the last of their fruit; hives are full of honey; and the Muslims are rioting. In cities, towns, and villages all over […]
If you take to yourself a woman, and with her, raise up a home and family, you have given hostages to fate, and the day will come when you must put your hand in the fire to ransom them.
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There is a scene in James Cameron’s teeny – bopper – beach – blanket – quasi – semi – hysterical drama – ‘TITANIC”, in which a crewman assigned to con one of the lifeboats tells passenger Molly Brown [ the unsinkable ] to ” sit down and shut the hole in your face”. Those words were actually spoken on […]
The most jarring, visceral, scene in a movie I have ever seen, is the first fifteen minutes of the film “Vertical Limit”. A father, son, and daughter are climbing guides leading two customers up one of the tall spires in Monument Valley. The clients are in front, the father next followed by the son then the […]