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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…

Mike at the Movies

Me Before You (PG-13) ***** This is a film that will cause many in the audience to fear a Nicolas Sparks format. Fortunately for all of us, this film was made by adults for adults so the emotions and reactions…

Dime Store Treats and Treasures

Present-day Dollar Stores were dime stores in my youth, and the merchandise in my dime stores was even tackier than what is in today’s descendants of dime stores. But the treasures I found in Woolworth’s, Kresge’s, and Newberry’s are now…

Summer Delights

June is busting out all over, and so are some wonderful new cookbooks by local authors. Ruby Plum Soup “I love cold fruit soups, but don’t want them to taste like dessert. Buttermilk and red wine give sugary plums enough…

Mike at the Movies

X-Men: The Apocalypse (PG-13) *** Another in the seemingly endless X-Men series, this one goes ahead in time so that the real X-Men are discussed as relics of the past, even though some of them make a token appearance. For…