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Uncle Barb's

It's never a "free speech" issue. It's usually a "these are the consequences of your freedom to speak" issue.

-Kelly Oxford (twitter)-


Blog entries prior to February 2011 are still on my old WordPress site. If you are interested, you can read them at this link.


First, every year it surprises me that I have managed to reach a new marker.

For so long, really since a teenager, I have not been able to project myself much farther into the future than a few months. Here I am at 61, wow, who woulda thought?

Sleepless Nights

Elizabeth Hardwick

Elizabeth Hardwick

When Sigrid Nunez' book Siempre Susan was recommended by a voice (thank you Tree) who has my attention, I quickly checked it out from the library.

Aristotle & Dante

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Saenz

When Scott Cranin recommends a book or film, I listen



I have to thank TheReelCharlie for this step outside my usual comfort zone for a very good film.

The Guard

Brendon Gleeson The Guard (Garda)

The Guard is profane, rude and on the surface racist, sexist and homophobic,

but the absurdity of those isms is the real point.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art

The story of Igor Stavisky, art hero,

and extraordinary human being, is engaging, epic and a treasure of trove of wonderful art.

U B O'Gleek

Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester

GLEE revives the variety show

with music, performance, and comedy expanded into a linear story.

The Tempest

The Tempest

Julie Taymor, I love you but.... oyyoyyoy....

The Tempest while brilliantly cast and performed was a mess of a film.

Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

by Suzanne Collins

Survival fiction has always entranced me from The Boxcar Children to My Side of the Mountain to Alas Babylon,


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