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End-of-Summer Delights

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over. I have not had time to enjoy it, except for trying these new recipes—winners all. Strawberry Cake Since you can get strawberries almost all year-round now, there is no excuse not to make,…

Another View of California

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On a recent trip to the northern California coast, Nora Caplan stopped at the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse in Mendocino, an historic site on a headland projecting far out into the ocean.

As a visitor, I’m a fan of California’s diversity of landscapes and historic sites. Over a period of some 40 years I’ve had the pleasure of savoring: The magnificent view of the Pacific from San Diego’s Point Loma with its…

Mike at the Movies

Ricki and the Flash (PG-13) **** Meryl Streep is a miracle. That being said, this won’t be the favorite Streep film of a lot of people, especially people who don’t like old rock. Streep amazingly sings and plays a variety…

Mike at the Movies

Ant-Man (PG-13) ***** Finally! A superhero movie with tons of humor, acceptable stunts and cleverness, alongside a discernible plot! Paul Rudd deserves most of the credit, as his Ant-Man is almost believable, even though based on a gimmick that makes…

Home Again in Independence

In 1948 I cast my first vote for President Truman. By then my loyalty to him wasn’t just that he was from my home state of Missouri and had taken on the burdens left to him by the death of…

Treats for the Heat

Cream of Blue Crab and Wild Mushroom Bisque Fortunate culinarians have a source from which to gather wild mushrooms. If you are not one of these lucky few, there is always the supermarket.  When wild mushrooms are unavailable, dried ones reconstituted…

Mike at the Movies

Minions (PG) ***** My beautiful movie-going partner and I work together. “What did he say?” is a frequent aside. In the case of the Minions, my answer would have to be, “This time, you’re on your own, Baby!” Comprehension is…

Mike at the Movies

Ted 2 (R) ***** Sorry, but juvenile as the humor is in “Ted 2” (like it was in the original “Ted”), this is a film that has the longest, biggest laughs of the summer. Seth MacFarlane, who wrote, directs and…