I loved Debbie Reynolds in Singin' in the Rain
(1952) and the Albert Brooks movie Mother
(1996), with many movies in between.
was an actor, a singer, a dancer, with tenacity and a sense of humor.
can think of no greater compliment to her than her impact on hundreds
of thousands of girls who were named after her. In the 1950s and early
1960s, American girls were being named Debbie. In just
were named Debbie. You might think in the 1990s
there were many Britney
, named after Britney Spears, but the peak was less
than 2,500 babies.
funny part was: Debbie Reynolds was not born Debbie Reynolds. She was
born Mary Frances Reynolds and was renamed by the people at Warner
Debbie and her daughter, Carrie Fisher,
died a day apart.
Music Association: Simon
& Garfunkel - Mrs Henderson
“Drowned In Moonlight, Strangled
By Her Own Bra”
Carrie Fisher died today.
her 2008 book, Wishful
, she said, “... no matter how I go, I want
it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.
She was the ex-fiancée of Joliet Jake Blues. She was Sally
Harry's friend Marie. She was Princess Leia. She was 60.
Music Association: John Williams
- Leia's ThemeMovie ReviewRogue
days ago, in a theater not so far away...
It was a STAR WARS movie
without an opening crawl,
taking place before the 1977 movie
and after the 1999 movie
with planets and locations clearly
labelled like some Star Trek film.
and familiar and ANIMATRONIC carry us
to places new
and familiar with style true to cornball-free canon
lacking the richness of EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.
single ROGUE movie could open other non-serial options,
only they hadn't ...
Music Association: Madonna -
To Box A Fragile Clay Orange Tree
December 8, 2016
you spot a little orange tree made with great artistry out of clay, and
it's for sale. You wonder how to ship it to another part of the
country... somewhere missing all the artisans of Minnesota.
problem is some
think FRAGILE is an acronym for Freely wReck
Any Glass Into Little Ends, or something.
trick is to make packaging worthy of the object being packaged.
Specifically, secure the clay pot so it doesn't damage the clay tree.
a set of boxing instructions
Music Association: Box Tops -
E-Book on Amazon
The e-book version of Hopes and
Dreams: Stuck on AutoDrive
is free on Amazon
from November 16-20, 2016.
It's a novel about
inventing a better American Dream.
into the mind of the inventor of the self-driving car (AutoDrive), as
learns about guiding the future, living happily ever after, and getting
into trouble without really trying.
Music Association: Beatles -
Can't Buy Me LoveLost
I just started watching the TV series Lost
, having never
seen it before. The music over the closing credits is hauntingly
similar to the opening credit music of Monty Python and the Holy Grail
They are also both kind of xylophony.
Music Associations: Drive Shaft
- You All Everybody & Lost - End Title“Holy Cow!”
Chicago Cubs win
World Series since 1908 with 8-7, rain-delayed, 10-inning Game 7
November 3, 2016
one of the top
epic battles of the season, the Chicago Cubs won their first World
Series in 108 years, in a 4 hour 28 minute - rain delayed, game seven
Just the concept of the Cubs winning
the series is near-unfathomable. It doesn't happen. It's
This is going to take a while to get used to.
Chicago will have a spring in her step for some time.
from a 3-1 deficit in the series, the Cubs won their last two games
prior to game seven. They started game seven by dominating Cleveland
with a four run lead, making the road to victory look easy. The road is
never that easy, so Cubs manager Joe Maddon stepped in to spice the
up. Maddon pulled
Kyle Hendricks in the bottom of the fifth with two outs after Hendricks
walked Santana with the help of a miss-called ball. Cleveland reduced
the Cubs lead to a 6-6 tie at the bottom of the ninth as the rain
started. Nature stepped in with a rain-spitting
storm moving straight west from Chicago. The tarps came out to cover
the field for about 17 minutes.
regrouped and returned to close the game with a score of 8-7.
Music Associations: Blues
Brothers - Sweet Home Chicago & Harry Caray - Take Me Out To
Woman at 75
Woman was first published in All-Star Comics on this date in 1941. The
United Nations made her an honorary ambassador today and that bothered
some people. Her swimsuit-like uniform also was a point of discussion.
me, her costume is a way she is recognized. It has evolved and should
continue to evolve, but she is more.
is a symbol. She is an ideal seeking an ideal world.
warrior fighting for peace, love, and truth.
Music Association: Louis
Armstrong - Wonderful WorldPresi-dence
At the heart of the United States is the U.S. Constitution
The heart of the Constitution is not free speech or guns or any other
amendment. It is the vote
. The vote is the
great responsibility of the
When I was first able to vote, I looked
learning about the candidates and casting informed votes. But when I
looked up the candidates, my reaction was, “That's it?!? These are my
I was disappointed. I figured it was a fluke and voted for the
least-bad candidates. It was no fluke. Election after election, I have
never agreed 100% with any candidate, no matter how high or low the
office, not even close. Start with priorities. Their priorities have
nearly never been my priorities. I vote, look at the results, and I
wish more people voted across the country. Here in Minnesota, the
turnout is much higher than the rest of the country. Even here, more
people should vote
States is a representative democracy. The people vote for others to
represent them in making decisions for the country.
greatest achievement of the Washington presidency was his stepping down
at the end. He set the precedence for the orderly transition of power.
Richard Nixon stepped down.
Music Association: John Lennon -
Power To The PeopleStory in PicturesVikings
October 9, 2016
the giant doors open at the new US Bank stadium, the Minnesota Vikings
won their fourth game (4-0) against the Houston Texans, and making the
Vikings (5-0) on the season.
Music Association: Prince -
Purple ReignStory in PicturesPreviously
on Project Runway
Curated Style fashion designers, who were
previously on Project
, presented collections at the Mall of America.
Kate Pankoke (Project Runway
seasons 11 & 12)
Layana Aguilar (Project Runway
Michelle Lesniak (Project Runway
Kini Zamora (Project Runway
Sean Kelly (Project Runway
Christopher Straub (Project Runway
Joshua Christensen (Project Runway
Some of the models ran the runway!
are some highlights:
Music Association: Aerosmith -
Walk This WayNature PeopleRed-Tailed
October 3, 2016
hawk looked over his shoulder at us while standing on a small mound of
snow in St. Paul.
me count the ways this was weird. First, this was nine months ago, and
it was weirdly warm in Minnesota at the end of January. The small mound
of snow was not a snowbank. Weirder still, this was across the
Mississippi River from downtown St. Paul in an area of industrial
buildings right next to a mirrored glass building -- not the sort of
area to expect a raptor to stand. Usually hawks stand on trees or
lampposts and look down. Even weirder still was the look the hawk gave
us... not so much the look as the shoulder he was looking over. That
shoulder looked like an over-extended accordion.
hawk hopped away.
notice I didn't say flew away. This hawk was grounded. It didn't take
an historical reinactment to guess the hawk flew toward an identical
hawk and ended up hitting the building with the mirrored glass windows.
We watched the hawk from our car and followed him
distance. He was covering some ground, walking and hopping, in good
spirits, staying in bushes by buildings when possible. We called some
friends for suggestions of what to do. Clearly this was a hawk with a
broken wing. Our plans were chucked in favor of someone needing help.
- Hey kids! When you see nature seeming to be harsh and inhumane, try
to leave it alone. The baby bunnies and baby squirrels may seem
like they were left without supervision, but nature does that
sometimes. It'll be okay.|
friends suggested we take an old coat (we didn't wear coats... weirdly
warm weather) and an old box (we didn't have a box), and cover the hawk
and bring it to the Raptor Center between the State Fairgrounds and the
University of Minnesota - St. Paul campus. We made arrangements for
them to come out with the supplies.
We watched the
walking and hopping for an hour. Another hawk flew over, landed nearby,
but very soon took off to perch in a large tree, as if to say,
“You know what you should do? This is what you should
friends arrived with a plastic kennel and an old blanket. We closed in
on the hawk. The hawk's beak closed in on a thumb. Blanket over hawk
and into the kennel. We made it look easy. Drove two cars to the State
Fairgrounds where ice sculptures were dripping in the sunshine.
Raptor Center allowed one of us to take the elevator down to the lab,
because of a wildlife rehabilitation connection. The vet said the hawk
looked to be in good condition. Usually when adult red-tailed hawks are
brought in, they are in bad shape and have to be put down.
said they would contact me if or when it could be released, but they
should know more after an examination.
them a few days later and was told:We
are deeply grateful to those of you who have taken the time to help
transport or rescue a raptor patient. The Red Tailed Hawk that you had
brought to us is suffering from a broken scapula and a luxated coracoid
(shoulder) and is currently undergoing treatment. We have it on pain
meds and have a bandage to help stabilize the bones to give them time
to heal. It will take time and physical therapy but the prognosis is
good at this time. We do not have the resources to provide ongoing
updates on every case but we are happy to notify you via email of the
outcome when the case is resolved.
went on to say:The
Raptor Center is 60% funded through donations. You can donate
online or call 612-624-8457.
700-800 raptors are admitted
every year and the length of stay depends on the injuries.
The red-tailed hawk
made a full recovery and was released four months later.
Music Associations: Lenny
Kravitz - Fly & Steve Miller - Fly Like An Eagle