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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Dar’s First Haircut

January 7, 2015, 10:08 am

For a while there, Dar had a fro to rival Art Garfunkel’s. When it came up in conversation, I would say something like “We’re enjoying it now while we can,” presuming that he wouldn’t be rocking the Alexi Lalas locks forever. I was right, but I was less prepared for my uncle on Christmas. What’s that, I say? Well, we just had Christmas with Dar’s great-uncle Jim in Irvine, and Jim made a lot of haircut jokes. Basically it was […]

If Unbroken Were Unbroken

January 5, 2015, 1:00 am

How popular is Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption? It’s currently selling more than twice as many copies as America’s #2 book. But if people love it so much, then why did film director Angelina Jolie break up Unbroken? The critics are in a dither, fearing that a film that they dragged to the wrong half of Rotten Tomatoes ratings (it’s at 49%) will somehow ride Jolie’s press blitz and $100 million […]

The Year in Populism Here

January 2, 2015, 11:30 am

This blog…is fun. I’m not sure I can keep it up, considering my more lucrative writing obligations. But let’s try. Let’s keep it going as long as we can. Hello 2015! And…one last look back at 2014: January 17: What Were We Thinking? In this America where 95% of people never wear a military uniform, I doubt that my generation’s kids and grandkids will be taking us to task for failing to serve. That does not mean, however, that we […]