Monthly Archives: November 2020

Gratitude and the Socially-Distanced Thanksgiving

By Steve Beard Over the many months of the worldwide pandemic, our nation has weathered wildfires in the West, hurricanes in the South, “murder hornets” in the Pacific Northwest, stay-at-home orders, nationwide protests, shuttered business, postponed funerals, drive-up church services, … Continue reading

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Dave Alvin salutes his friends and heroes

By Geoffrey Himen, American Songwriter “Dave Alvin is one of our best songwriters. He wrote almost all the original material for the Blasters’ brilliant first four albums between 1981 and 1985,” writes Geoffrey Himen in American Songwriter. “He wrote ‘Long … Continue reading

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Do as I Say, Not as I Dine

By Thomas Fuller, New York Times It was an intimate meal in a wood-paneled, private dining room in one of California’s most exclusive restaurants. No one around the table wore masks, not the lobbyists, not even the governor. Photos that … Continue reading

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Dolly Parton: Singer, Songwriter, Pandemic Savior?

By Maria Cramer She wrote “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” on the same day and built a theme park around herself. She has given memorable onscreen performances as a wisecracking hairstylist and harassed secretary. She even helped bring … Continue reading

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Vince Vaughn and old school manners

In his profile on Vince Vaughn’s new movie “Freaky,” Los Angeles Times reporter Josh Rottenberg also explores the swirl of controversy around the actor’s public interactions with politicians: “In the era of social media, navigating those sorts of career vicissitudes … Continue reading

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Fan fueled video for X’s “I Gotta Fever”

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Willie Nelson: A Black Belt in Positive Thinking

Hard to imagine Willie Nelson is 87 years old. Amanda Petrusich conducted a splendid interview with him for The New Yorker. Here are just a few of the questions and answers I found fascinating. You describe the Abbott United Methodist … Continue reading

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When hope and history rhyme

Whatever political party one supports, we can all share in Joe Biden’s love for Nobel Prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney (1939-2013). When he was young, Biden memorized poetry by William Butler Yeats and Heaney in order to help him … Continue reading

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Irish Home of Biden’s Great-Great-Great Grandfather Cheers His Victory

By Ed O’Loughlin, New York Times BALLINA, Ireland — As America turned slowly blue, Ballina held its breath. Was it really possible that Joseph R. Biden Jr., considered a native son of this charming town on Ireland’s west coast — albeit … Continue reading

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Nick Cave: Negativity, cynicism and resentment will not do.

Australian rocker Nick Cave interacts with his fans via his website The Red Hand Files. “In this time of illness, cynicism and cruelty, do you receive many mean or vile messages?” asked one fan. “How do you cope with that … Continue reading

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