New Conservation Effort Aims To Protect Papa’s Papers : NPR

  Ernest Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea here at the Finca Vigia, his home outside Havana. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Ernest Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea here at the Finca Vigia, his home outside Havana. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

It’s been a year since the U.S. and Cuba began normalizing relations. Tourism, business and cultural exchanges are booming. And there is another curious benefactor of those warmer ties — Ernest Hemingway, or at least, his legacy. The writer lived just outside of Havana for 20 years, and that house, called the Finca Vigia, has long been a national museum.

Source: New Conservation Effort Aims To Protect Papa’s Papers : NPR

A new book that attempts to reclaim the forgotten science of home cooking | Public Radio International

  A little kitchen science Credit:  Jeff Potter

A little kitchen science Credit: Jeff Potter

“I think a lot of that [knowledge loss] happened post-World War II, when it kind of got to two people in the family both in the workplace and the convenience of buying things,” Potter says, “And there is that Space Age excitement of the modern, you know, go to the store and buy something.”In pursuit of restoring this lost kitchen knowledge, Potter has written a new book, “Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Cooks, and Good Food — Second Edition.” The book talks about how to make sour cream, chocolate bars, rolled oats and vanilla extract, all from scratch. It also includes a number of science experiments related to cooking, some of which can be performed right in your own home kitchen.

Source: A new book that attempts to reclaim the forgotten science of home cooking | Public Radio International

Favorite Christmas Movies: Part 1

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There are so many aspects of this holiday season that are wonderful to me: getting together with loved ones, friends and family alike; the spirit of giving that I hope continues to grow; celebrations; the holiday music; and the memories of happy times.  Among the favorite memories I have are a few specific Christmas movies.

The movie I will talk about today is Scrooge with Albert Finney as the star; he does a magnificent job in his performance as the miserly and misanthropic loan-shark. This musical version of A Christmas Carol is one of the finest filmic adaptations of the classic Christmas Eve ghost story and morality tale.  This film follows  the story closely with Scrooge being visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, of Christmas Present, and of Christmas Future. Among the movies best songs are Scrooge singing “I Hate People” which clearly shows his despicable and greedy…

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DrWeb’s Top Ten Christmas Movies…

Re-sharing my favorite Christmas movies list.. Happy Holidays to all!!
And Merry Christmas!

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DrWeb’s Top Ten Christmas Movies

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[originally published 12/24 in 2004, from my old blog]

Here’s my favorite Christmas movies, with links to see more about them at the Internet Movie Database.. enjoy the holidays…

1) A Christmas Carol – The early version from 1951 with Alastair Sim is still my favorite, and favorite version of this Dickens’ tale…

2) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – The Griswald Family Christmas is a holiday fun treat, with enough silly gags, laughs, and even risque fun.. there’s nothing like an old-fashioned family Christmas…

3) Christmas in Connecticut – Old black and white that never fails to make me laugh, and tug at the heartstrings.. yes, sentimental but a favorite…

4) Love Actually – New onto my list this year, I can’t quite get that Christmas is All Around song out of my head, nor the criss-star-crossed lovers…

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A Brief History of the Holiday Card | JSTOR Daily

Christmas card by Louis Prang WikiMedia Commons

Christmas card by Louis Prang WikiMedia Commons

At a recent second-grade performance of The Nutcracker in Richmond, Virginia, two mothers fretted over Christmas cards. One, busy with a sick child, a limping dog, and multiple command performances of The Nutcracker, had not yet picked hers out. The other, a business executive who travels out of town at least twice a week, predicted she would be lucky to get hers addressed and stamped by New Year’s. The possibility of skipping Christmas cards never entered the conversation. Despite there being many ways these days of extending holiday cheer that do not require stamp-licking or keeping track of a peripatetic cousin’s physical mailing address, these two busy women were determined to connect with friends and family through cards delivered by mail.

Source: A Brief History of the Holiday Card | JSTOR Daily

Garrison Keillor: You don’t have to believe to believe in Christmas – TwinCities.com

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So here it is Christmas again, and old man that I am, with so many of them to remember, I love it with much of my heart. I grew up in a home where management was sharply divided — mother adored it, father harrumphed and rolled his eyes — so I know both sides.

Source: Garrison Keillor: You don’t have to believe to believe in Christmas – TwinCities.com

Christmas Movies

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I have been gobbling down Christmas movies for the past few weeks. Partly because my regular TV shows are on hiatus, but also because the world is so upsetting and dark lately that a little true-love-wins-out is necessary.

I’m exhausted. I can’t quite tell if it’s about the political noise, or the news, or the end of my first semester in social work graduate school, or the endless disappointment of getting my writing rejected that’s wiping me out. I just feel like my motivation tank is getting close to zero, and these movies are keeping me from scraping the bottom.

IMG_0033 Exhausted puppies.

Sugar helps too. I did my own Chanukah Cookie Jamboree, but I only got to four types of cookies before I ran out of space in the freezer. There were the triple chocolate cookies, chocolate chip with Macadamia nuts, almond thumbprints with lemon curd filling, and fruitcake cookies…

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The Literary Star Wars, a History | Literary Hub

Ok, people, it’s here. December 18th, 2015. Star Wars Day.Nerds around the world are celebrating what has to be the most significant day in fan history since, well, May 25, 1977. The long-awaited sequel to Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens is in theaters.To celebrate this momentous occasion, I’d like to present a brief history of George Lucas’s first Star Wars film and a literary primer for J.J. Abrams’s new one. Enjoy, dorks!

Source: The Literary Star Wars, a History | Literary Hub

Rivers, Chargers know Sunday could be last one | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

Chargers Philip Rivers warms up before a game against Kansas City. — K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune

Chargers Philip Rivers warms up before a game against Kansas City. — K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune

As he has, Philip Rivers will hop into his pickup truck Sunday morning. He’ll drive, as he has, from Chargers Park to Mission Valley, cruising through various neighborhoods and finally downhill toward the only NFL stadium he’s called home. He will see the usual tailgaters. He will park at the same spot.It won’t be lost on the quarterback, he said Wednesday.

This could be it.

Source: Rivers, Chargers know Sunday could be last one | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Delivers the Thrills, With a Touch of Humanity – The New York Times

 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” features some favorites, including Harrison Ford, and new kinetic wows. Credit Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” features some favorites, including Harrison Ford, and new kinetic wows. Credit Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The big news about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is — spoiler alert — that it’s good! Despite the prerelease hype, it won’t save the world, not even Hollywood, but it seamlessly balances cozy favorites — Harrison Ford, ladies and gentlemen — and new kinetic wows along with some of the niceties that went missing as the series grew into a phenomenon, most crucially a scale and a sensibility that is rooted in the human. It has the usual toy-store-ready gizmos and critters, but it also has appealingly imperfect men and women whose blunders and victories, decency and goofiness remind you that a pop mythology like “Star Wars” needs more than old gods to sustain it.

Source: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Delivers the Thrills, With a Touch of Humanity – The New York Times