pop culture Archive

  • My son and I have been watching old episodes of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood lately. It’s much easier than I realized to get engrossed in the land of make-believe and film […]

    It’s such a good feeling

    My son and I have been watching old episodes of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood lately. It’s much easier than I realized to get engrossed in the land of make-believe and film […]

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  • Growing up in a Catholic household the 1960s, my husband says that most of the living rooms he visited as a child had pictures of Jesus and JFK hanging on […]

    Weird Barack Obama art

    Growing up in a Catholic household the 1960s, my husband says that most of the living rooms he visited as a child had pictures of Jesus and JFK hanging on […]

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  • Last summer, I briefly heralded my family’s new found normality (after lo, these many years of my husband’s reign as a local independent impresario) in a post called “What we […]

    Things to do on a Friday (or Saturday) night, Part One

    Last summer, I briefly heralded my family’s new found normality (after lo, these many years of my husband’s reign as a local independent impresario) in a post called “What we […]

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  • As of now, I am not stumping for anything or anyone, but I am definitely feeling stumped. For example… how is it that I learned more about Hillary Clinton’s policies […]

    Political stumping

    As of now, I am not stumping for anything or anyone, but I am definitely feeling stumped. For example… how is it that I learned more about Hillary Clinton’s policies […]

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  • I used to think that the Midwest generated an inordinate amount of hysterically bad local television journalism. I was never sure whether the lack of substance (or a lack of […]

    The joys of local TV journalism

    I used to think that the Midwest generated an inordinate amount of hysterically bad local television journalism. I was never sure whether the lack of substance (or a lack of […]

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  • I felt pretty betrayed at the end of “Real Time with Bill Maher” last weekend. Being one of those people who has actually done things like written to Sinclair Broadcasting […]

    Bye Bye Bill Maher

    I felt pretty betrayed at the end of “Real Time with Bill Maher” last weekend. Being one of those people who has actually done things like written to Sinclair Broadcasting […]

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  • Pop CultureChildren’s television makes a remarkable number of musical references to classical compositions. My knowledge of symphonies and concertos is nowhere near exceptional, but I’m amazed by how much I […]

    Charting Cyberspace, Labor Day Edition

    Pop CultureChildren’s television makes a remarkable number of musical references to classical compositions. My knowledge of symphonies and concertos is nowhere near exceptional, but I’m amazed by how much I […]

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  • After the past couple of weeks of mockery and scorn over her endless bender, I was actually relieved to see some traces of compassion for Britney Spears in the media […]

    Sympathy for the revel

    After the past couple of weeks of mockery and scorn over her endless bender, I was actually relieved to see some traces of compassion for Britney Spears in the media […]

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  • Whenever people talk about social change beginning at home in the U.S., it generally begins with recycling – something you can make part of your daily life that is good […]

    The one-person revolution

    Whenever people talk about social change beginning at home in the U.S., it generally begins with recycling – something you can make part of your daily life that is good […]

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  • Since we’re on the subject of “Unsolved Mysteries,” here’s a question I’ve pondered for years now: Why is that show always always on Lifetime, the alleged “TV for women.” According […]

    Hey, it’s “for women”

    Since we’re on the subject of “Unsolved Mysteries,” here’s a question I’ve pondered for years now: Why is that show always always on Lifetime, the alleged “TV for women.” According […]

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