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Guys and Dolls

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Featured, Theater | 0 comments

First of all, it has some of the best names in the history of American musical theater, including Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, and the best of all — Nicely-Nicely Johnson. And it has the music of the...

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Hanauma Beach, Hawaii

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Snorkeling. They come for the snorkeling. One look at the pictures on this page give an indication of how accessible the waters are even for beginners. But the main draw is the wide variety of species in the...

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Dr. Beach

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Featured, People | 0 comments

I don’t know how Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach, determines his list of 10 best beaches in America each year. Oh, I see the list of “50 Criteria” he publishes on his website, which range...

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Blake Shelton

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Featured, Singer | 1 comment

It took The Voice to bring Blake Shelton to the top of the entertainment...

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Billy Crystal

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Actor, Featured | 1 comment

It was the Bible, not Reader’s Digest, that first told us that laughter...

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Bobby Flay

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Featured, People | 0 comments

It’s not true that Bobby Flay invented the Food Network. It just seems...

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Popular Mechanics

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Americana, Featured | 1 comment

Since its founding, Popular Mechanics has been the ultimate men’s...

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“Friends in Low Places”

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Featured, Songs | 1 comment

A critic once said that “Friends in Low Places” is a depressing...

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Food Trucks

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Featured, Food | 0 comments

It may seem like food trucks are a recent phenomenon, but they’re not....

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Sunset Boulevard

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

The great actors always make it look so effortless. Maybe that’s why...

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