Horsing Around

Happy New Year! Given the number of Penny posts here, you probably wouldn’t be surprised if I said our Holidays “went to the dogs”, but you might be surprised to hear that you might more accurately say that it “went to the horses”. You see, like many American girls, the Beloved was (and still is,…

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Putting Our Money Where Their Mouths Are

Okay – so, we’ve had a couple of weeks to digest the flap about Chik-Fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy’s straightforward statements regarding his support for the idea that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. We’ve also considered that he has donated millions of dollars to organizations dedicated to preventing same-sex marriage from…

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Book Review: The Leftovers by Tom Perotta

Remember last spring when everyone was having a lot of fun at Harold Camping’s expense for predicting The Rapture? He was utterly sure that he and his followers were going to be assumed into heaven. I was thinking of Camping and his ilk when I started reading The Leftovers by Tom Perotta. The Leftovers takes…

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Occupations

This weekend, the Occupy Wall Street movement turned up in the normally quiet and too-relaxed-to-really-get-upset-about-anything San Diego. Over the weekend several hundred people took to a park near City Hall and began camping out. They’ve had marches, speeches, and music. They plan to keep it going as long as they can, according to the organizers.…

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Smart Is Sexy, Or Is It?

The story is almost a cliché, isn’t it? A young girl in grade and middle school loves to tinker, is great at math, enjoys digging in the dirt for bugs and toads, and is a voracious reader… until she gets to high school. Becoming pubescent, she will stop caring about math – claiming that it’s…

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Book Review: “When The Killing’s Done” by T.C. Boyle

“I’ll be civil when the killing’s done…” Dave LaJoy I’m going to get right to the point: T.C. Boyle’s latest novel, When The Killing’s Done, ought to be the book that is the lens through which we scrutinize ourselves as a society – not Jonathan Franzen’s it-book from last year, Freedom. Focused on the Channel…

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Monsters In Our Midst

One of my regular weekend tennis partners is a guy that has a son that is a nationally ranked high school junior.  Sometimes his son, Dylan, comes along and reminds us older guys what it’s like to be limber.  And fast.  And talented.  We played on Sunday. Dylan goes to Poway High School, which is…

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Moments of Weakness

One of my favorite books (and films) of recent years has been Tom Perrotta’s “Little Children” which follows the story of two bored stay-at-home parents, who shake their boredom by having an affair.  In it, Perrotta skewers many suburban stereotypes ruthlessly. In his most recent book, “The Abstinence Teacher”, Perrotta returns to suburbia and examines…

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Too Many Things To Do Before I Die

I was leafing through the latest catalog of Bas Bleu (the Champion of the Little Odd Book) and came across the book “Fifty Places To Go Birding Before You Die”  and my first thought was “Really?!?” 1000 Places to See Before You Die Traveller’s Journal (Travel Journal) I guess the whole trend of books about…

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