The Gravediggers

January 11, 2012

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The Gravediggers is the second episode of The Avengers that aired in the U.S. Although it features a number of quirky characters, a typical plot, and a classic scene that plays off the “damsel in distress” silent film classics, it’s not one of my favorite episodes. Whenever I’m perusing titles and trying to decide what […]

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Make Miracles Happen

January 9, 2012

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I recently spent a good bit of time going through several boxes of papers and miscellaneous items that had accumulated and needed to be dealt with. One item I found was a small pamphlet containing an essay by Norman Vincent Peale. I recalled that my aunt had given this to me several years ago. I […]

The King Lives On

January 8, 2012

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This week’s Sunday Sign pays homage to Elvis: I bought this Speedway one-sheet on ebay back in 2000 and had it archive-mounted and framed. It cost me an arm-and-a-leg and it’s been a burden to move around the country, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. One of the first Sunday Sign […]

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The Town of No Return

January 4, 2012

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The Town of No Return is the first episode of The Avengers to air in the U.S. The episode opens with a closeup shot of fisherman on a beach, fiddling with his basket and nets, then cuts to a long shot of a blob emerging from the sea. The camera pulls in closer and we […]

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52 Weeks of The Avengers

January 4, 2012

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I'm not sure what, specifically, about The Avengers captured my attention as a child, maybe it was the the accents or the wardrobes. Or maybe I subconsciously picked up on the intelligence and tongue-in-cheek humor.

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The Ben Franklin Follies: 2011 in review

December 31, 2011

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Thanks, WordPress. Looking for even bigger and better things in 2012. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,900 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera […]

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Welcome, Nicholas: The Dog Who Came On Christmas Eve

December 24, 2011

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December 24, 2006: Dusk. Mom went out to do some chore a few minutes before my brother and his family were scheduled to arrive for our family Christmas Eve “Breakfast” Dinner. “Sheree, come here. Hurry,” Mom called. The urgency in her voice indicated this wasn’t simply a call for my general attention. I dashed outside. […]

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Lessons From David Copperfield

December 12, 2011

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Last night I watched MGM’s 1935 version of David Copperfield on Turner Classic Movies. We can glean more than a few “life lessons” from the characters, as is typical of Dickens and much literature that stands the test of time. Here a few quotes from the film and book for today’s Monday Motivator post: “Never […]

Buy Local, Eat Local

December 11, 2011

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Why not support your locally-owned businesses and merchants this holiday season? Buy American, whenever possible, and from locally-owned businesses if you have a choice. Whether you’re buying Christmas gifts for family and friends or food items for a holiday party, there’s almost always a local option. Support your community.   “Cheap” comes with a price. […]

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Bumble & Me

December 5, 2011

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Eight years ago, Bumble chose me. I’m the lucky one. On December 5, 2003, I welcomed a mostly-grey-colored fur ball into my home. She invited herself, actually. I was looking for a dog. But this little cat picked me. This cat knew I needed something. This cat knew I needed her. In late July 2003, […]

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