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  • 'Miracle' shows when Olympics were pure The Winter Olympics ended recently and somehow they seemed to have lost their luster. It wasn’t so much that they were in Sochi where most of the events were on tape delay. It was more due to the new events (many we have never heard of) that have diluted the games. The Winter Olympics have gone from an intimate edition of their summer counterpart to one where it appears medal counts and commercialism is all that matters.

    March 6, 2014

  • Sometimes bad films, books called 'Classic' About 40 years ago a movie was made that set the standard for overhyped and underwhelming films. It was "The Great Gatsby" starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Redford was the hottest thing in Hollywood at the time and Time Magazine ran a cover story on the film. When it was finally released it completely bombed.

    February 27, 2014

  • British films that will warm your heart With all the snow and sub-zero temperatures this winter there are enough nights where the easiest thing to do is hunker down and enjoy a good movie. I thought I’d offer a few suggestions with a British twist. These are films with Americans that are filmed in England. The one thing they all have in common is that they’ll warm your heart in the end.

    February 20, 2014

  • Giants-Dodgers rivalry entertains One of the fiercest rivalries in all of sports is the Giants and Dodgers. These two proud franchises have been going at it for well over 100 years. First it was New York vs. Brooklyn. Now it's San Francisco vs. Los Angeles. There's no love lost between them. Victories over each other are sweeter than those over any other team. Even when they're not going head-to-head it feels good when their arch-rival loses. If you're a Giants' fan, hating the Dodgers is a way of life (and vice versa).

    February 13, 2014

  • Going the Distance to White House Every president of the United States goes through difficult periods. It comes with the job. There are the daily demands of national security issues, the economy, policy initiatives, personnel, Congressional meetings, and social events. Heaven forbid a scandal breaks out. It takes a massive ego to be president since the pressures outweigh the perks. It's little wonder that presidents age in office. The stress is unrelenting.

    February 6, 2014

  • New book a good primer on fracking controversy The leading controversy around here the past few years has been fracking. It is a highly emotional issue for residents who see it as destroying both their property values and way of life. Natural gas companies see it as an economic boon, and farmers see it as a way to produce badly needed income on their land. It's one of those issues that are so emotionally charged that rational debate is often impossible.

    January 30, 2014

  • New book a good primer on fracking controversy The leading controversy around here the past few years has been fracking. It is a highly emotional issue for residents who see it as destroying both their property values and way of life. Natural gas companies see it as an economic boon, and farmers see it as a way to produce badly needed income on their land. It's one of those issues that are so emotionally charged that rational debate is often impossible.

    January 30, 2014

  • Dr. J autobiography details a classy man It's easy to envy professional athletes. They seem to have it all. Who wouldn't want to make a living playing a game you love and get well compensated for it? Athletes often make more in a year than the rest of us do in a lifetime. But it isn't all peaches and cream. Many of them suffer through the indignities of life that prove that money does not buy happiness.

    January 23, 2014

  • Library has great children's program Think of all the books that made an impression on you when you were a little kid. Whether it's The Cat in the Hat, The Five Chinese Brothers, or Make Way for Ducklings, there are always children's classics that stay with you for the rest of your life. It's a rite of passage that all kids should experience. Children's books open up our imaginations, educate us, and provide us with an introduction to how reading can enrich our lives.

    January 16, 2014

  • Football injuries make for scary reading Football is the most popular sport in this country. The National Football League is a $9 billion industry and its popularity continues to rise. To complain about the violent nature of the game can border on heresy. But a major issue has arisen that cannot be ignored. Concussions have become endemic to the sport and current research shows an alarming rate of brain damage to former players. Is the game becoming too dangerous for its own good?

    January 9, 2014