Category Archives: Entertainment

#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Character

I’m about 95% sure that Wade Warren Silcox is my 3x Great Grandfather, and if he is not, then he is my 3x Great Grandfather’s brother. He most definitely had an interesting life. Wade’s story actually begins with his father, … Continue reading

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Another top-notch thriller from Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Book Review: The First to Lie

Hank Phillippi Ryan has a new book out. “The First to Lie” is a pretty terrific mystery, but this isn’t going to be so much a book review as an author review. I just love Hank’s books. The first ones … Continue reading

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Reflections: My Pirate Name

Some twelve years ago, I took some sort of online quiz that bestowed upon me a pirate name. Mad Charity Rackham. I knew the Rackham name, of course. I read a couple of books on real pirates, gosh, back in … Continue reading

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Mystery-Thriller Giveaway

What would you do if your child was abducted, brutalized and left for dead? That’s the question at the heart of CounterPunch, a new novella by Patrice Williams Marks.   This book really packs a punch, too. It’s told primarily … Continue reading

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Sneaking Streaming Time

I don’t have a Netflix account, but I’m trying to win a 6-month membership by sharing how I sneak a little time to watch my favorite shows. For now, I use streaming services with free options like Vudu and Crackle, … Continue reading

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Star Wars Fan Fiction

If you follow my blog or my Twitter account, you know I’m a longtime fan of the Star Wars saga. In 1987, at the 10th anniversary convention in Los Angeles, I learned about an unofficial club called Forces of the … Continue reading

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The nuclear threat and TV movie-as-warning

Back in 1983, just about everybody watched the made-for-TV movie “The Day After.” The 33-year-old film became a hot topic again, at least for a few hours, when its airing was re-lived in the 2016 TV series “The Americans.” Coincidentally, … Continue reading

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Why Star Wars Fans Stand in Line

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Friday (well, Thursday really, but the official opening date is December 18th), and around the country, fans are already lining up to see the movie. Most of those fans bought their tickets weeks … Continue reading

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A Special Project for a 600th Anniversary

On October 25, 1415, King Henry V lead his vastly outnumbered English forces into battle against the French on a field near Agincourt. The English won. Nearly 200 years later, William Shakespeare told the story of the king’s campaign in … Continue reading

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