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New Holiday Delight

Here is a wonderful, unusual treat to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy! Spiced Wine Springtime in Paris is beautiful. The crisp, sunny weather is ideal for walks along the city streets. Winter in Paris is a different story. It can…

Mike at the Movies

The Theory of Everything (PG-13) **** Everything you have heard about Eddie Redmayne’s performance in this film is correct. It is mind-blowing. Dr. Stephen Hawking’s story is so unlikely that it beggars belief to begin with, but this film and…

A Santa Saga

Santa Claus was almost Gospel truth in my family. All the questions about him that occurred to me over my early years just hung out there in the blue unknown for my first eight or nine years. I kept these…

A ‘Roots’ Book Launch

If it takes a village to raise a child, it took all my remaining family in Missouri to help me launch my recently published children’s book, “Noni’s Little Problem,” in its setting of Springfield, Missouri. I had no idea of…

Mike at the Movies

Horrible Bosses 2 (R) **** Watching this movie gave me the same feelings I used to have watching Steve Carell and the cast of “The Office.” Everyone was so stupid, and that irritated me despite the fact that I was…

Mike at the Movies

St. Vincent (PG-13) ***** When a character delivers lines like “Lady of the Night—one of the more honest ways to make a living,” and, when asked why he always makes things more difficult, says, “It makes me more interesting,” and…

Mike at the Movies

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (R) ***** There are at least three magnificent performances in this film: Michael Keaton in the role of his life as Riggan, a former action hero in movies who is trying to make…

Productive Time Spent Waiting in Line

Waiting in line isn’t my favorite pastime, especially when I’m pressed for time. My composure is severely tested when I see several cashiers and a manager trying to help solve one customer’s problem while the line of waiting customers grows…