Is that groundhog driving a car?

Happy Groundhog Day! Bill Murray and Friend from the movie “Groundhog Day” A.K.A, Imbolc. Or St. Brigid’s Day. Or Super Bowl weekend. Which could be Clydesdale-less, except for this. It all depends upon where you live. Whatever the case, this midwinter...
Lessons from Anthony Bourdain

Lessons from Anthony Bourdain

Edited in July 2021 I learned many lessons from the late author chef Anthony Bourdain, including: Pho isn’t merely soup, and it doesn’t come in a brick of dried noodles to be rehydrated. Shallots are the kinder, gentler cousins of onions. Bind up those...

It’s not hoarding. It’s ABUNDANCE!

I’m a reading dragon with a hoard of books. You say that like it’s a bad thing. Yes, sometimes my To Be Read pile slides, like the avalanches Bilbo triggers.   And, yes, I’m just as grumpy as Smaug when an avalanche suggests my hoard may be out...

Why I’m playing #WinAndYou’reIn

Not just because I’d like a trip to the Breeders Cup at Del Mar and a possible meet-and-greet with jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert and a tour of the Del Mar backstretch. That would be wicked cool. I also figured the campaign would be good experience...

Lessons from Lady Gaga and Lin-Manuel Miranda

I’d just posted to Twitter’s #Fridayreads about a book titled MONSTER LOYALTY: HOW LADY GAGA TURNS FOLLOWERS INTO FANATICS by Jackie Huba. Okay, the word “fanatics” suggests unpleasantness, but the word “fan” derives from it. We all...