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Triple Crown

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Featured, Sports | 0 comments

The Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing consists of winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. As I write this, American Pharoah is the latest in a long line of horses that have...

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John Grisham

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Featured, Writers | 1 comment

John Grisham suffers the fate of many popular artists – the cultural snobs condescend because surely something so attractive to the masses can’t have artistic merit. But folks, Proust never wrote a...

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Goodfellas

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Featured, Film | 0 comments

Why, you might ask, has it taken me so long to include this obviously well-made movie among the list of Great American Films? Because the language and violence in Goodfellas aren’t for everyone, even...

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Robert Downey, Jr.

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Actor, Featured | 0 comments

There are some actors who never seem to give a bad performance. Robert Duvall,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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