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Turning 90

This July I turned 90. As far as I know, I’m the only person on either side of my family to have lived this long. My mother passed away in her early eighties, and in 1964 we thought that was…

Mike at the Movies

Florence Foster Jenkins (PG-13) ***** Meryl Streep does it again playing Manhattan doyenne Florence Foster Jenkins, one of the society queens of 1940s New York. The film shocked the audience I was with as most of them had never before…

Bad Moms (R) ***** Sorry, purist fans. This is just too funny to downgrade because it gets a bit raunchy from time to time. It made me laugh and in this summer of dreck, that’s an accomplishment worth honoring. Mila…

A Horse Named ‘Doc’

Doc was a Morgan colt when young Emaline and he first met. Drawn to each other by curiosity, their faces gently touched each other’s over the fence near the Sheads’ barn lot one spring morning in rural Missouri. He instantly…

Mike at the Movies

The Legend of Tarzan (PG-13) ***** Oh, what a trip this is to one’s youth! Tarzan the way he SHOULD be in this epic of heroism, both animal and human, and villainy (mostly human) along with awe-inspiring scenic shots of…

‘The Vacationers’

What characterizes a good summer read? I’m no expert on that since I’m generally indifferent to the season when I make my choice. But this year after a string of heavier topics, I decided on Emma Straub’s “The Vacationers” (2014).…

Travel to Rome Without Leaving Home

In “Tasting Rome:  Fresh Flavors & Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City” by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill (Clarkson Potter Publishers), two American women living in Rome celebrate the city’s lost recipes and contemporary innovations and share dishes and stories that only a fully…

Mike at the Movies

Free State of Jones (R) ***** What a powerful, moving story! Matthew McConaughey is an aging but always strong lead as Newton Knight. He starts the story as an army nurse for the Confederacy but that stint is shortened when…