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The Magicians

I binge-watched season 1 of The Magicians over the last few days on Netflix. If you ever wanted something of a cross between an adult Harry Potter and the post-modern, self-referential film genre (like...

Smith Mountain Lake

This is a summary of my visit to Smith Mountain Lake, as a vacation in May 2017 with my brother and sister at a rented house on a lake in south central Virginia. Friday:...

Fixing The Glut of DVDs

If you’re like me, you like TV and movies. And when you find a movie franchise or a TV show you really like, buying the DVDs so you can re-watch a favorite whenever you...

Mom’s Birthday

My mom would have celebrated her 63rd birthday today. That fact has been on my mind a LOT lately. I even picked up at CVS a Whatchamacallit and a Hershey’s With Almonds bar –...

Riverdale

I am not a fan of comic books, although I do enjoy the stories when told in other media (films, tv shows) because they are generally more entertaining and less predictable than other genres....

Asymmetrical Patriotism

Back in November, I was watching the reaction to Trump’s election win and had thought about writing a reaction to the reaction, noting how asymmetrical it was. Trump supporters continued to berate Hillary, demand...

2016 In The Rearview

2016 is drawing to a close, and boy was it a doozy. I got my CEBS certification in March. I went on a road trip through the rural Virginia, the Smokey Mountains, and ultimately...

Not That Kind of Liberal

Back when I was in college, I wrote a summation of my political beliefs that pretty much was like this: “I am a liberal for those who drink at Starbucks, not those who protest...