Secular Snowman?

Lyrics to the original Frosty the Snowman song by Steve Rollins and Steve Nelson (1950), make no mention of any religious icons. But later, Frosty was picked up by Rankin Bass, who made all those cartoons that my generation grew up watching at holiday time. Rankin Bass added the Santa factor, and no amount of …
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Minoo Iranian Bakery

Those of you who are not familiar with my obsession for baked goods, well, you don’t even know me, really, do you? No matter. When I read about Minoo in today’s paper, there was only one thing to do: Hop in the car to Lake City and get some sugar. I ate a bamieh and …
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Garden State

There’s a bit of work going on in the house lately and sometimes it pays to just clear off. Today the floors were being sanded. Down the hill, M’s got painters in, so we trundled into her car and headed south in to the fog. Destination? The Weyerhauser Bonsai Garden. Who knew? What a gorgeous …
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Gemutlich Aloha

I’ve just come from playing the ukulele at a party for Austria National Day. The party was at the German Club here in Seattle. The folks there were mostly older, in their 60s or so. They LOVED us, which is funny because I’m not sure we were any good. (Except for our yodeler, he was …
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Good Night and Good Luck

I won’t fill this post with spoilers other than to say that the “romantic” subplot doesn’t really make sense. I will say that it’s a gorgeous film that makes me wish I did the kind of work where I got to sit in a newsroom with a typewriter while George Clooney slouches on a beat …
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