Author Archives: Steve-O

The Golden Girls who beat Covid-19

Gin-soaked raisins, champagne, chocolate, prayer, and two elderly survivors of Covid-19 provide a spot of positive news. While the infection has been a devastating health scourge around the planet, two women – one at 117 years old and the other … Continue reading

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Remembering Cicely Tyson

                By Steve Beard Internationally-known for her six decades on stage and screen, award-winning actress Cicely Tyson died on Thursday at the age of 96. “I come from lowly status. I grew up … Continue reading

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National Treasure

By Steve Beard I spent the holidays with Dolly Parton. Well, not literally. Like everything else in 2020, it was all virtual – and it was a whirlwind. Throughout her rhinestone-studded career, Dolly has sold over 100 million albums, starred … Continue reading

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Snake in the Manger

By Steve Beard One of my dear friends bought a tree ornament featuring the Grinch in a Covid-19 mask muttering, “Christmas 2020: Stink, Stank, Stunk!” That exasperation and frustration is shared by so many. Thankfully, some of our holiday traditions … Continue reading

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Brokenness, Burgers, and Redemption

By Steve Beard At the height of the government mandated lockdown earlier this year, Kraft Heinz factories were operating around the clock in order to meet the demand for macaroni and cheese. According to the New York Times, retailers at … Continue reading

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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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