Archive for April, 2014

Tragic, Violent, Controversial and the Rest

I’ve always told students to stay away from using adjectives in news writing.  An example: never describe news as good or bad.  Don’t tell listeners whether something is tragic or controversial.  I have reasons for this even though it goes... Continue reading

Review: Philomena

The acclaimed film Philomena came out last year and was a critical darling. Dame Judi Dench stars in the title role of an Irish woman forced to give up her toddler during a dark chapter of Ireland’s history. Steve Coogan... Continue reading

Little Man of my Heart

Ryker, the son of my Little Sister Tabitha, is ten months old now. I can hardly believe it. He’s big for his age, taking tentative steps and scooting all over the place.  Apparently he said “Da” the other day so... Continue reading

Tales from the Tailgates

The Big Show has finished “tailgating” for another season.  For nine weeks, every day after the show, we visited another business in the city that invited us. We had many more invitations than there were days, so it’s gratifying and... Continue reading

Brandt’s Randt – Industry Slang

This week I reveal, as well as randt, about something I discovered.  Continue reading

Dr. Feel Bad or Worse

Doctor, doctor, give me the news.  And then I’ll go to another doctor to make sure you’re right.  Continue reading

House Proud – Pet-Friendly Styles are All the Rage

We seem to have finally reached a point where we no longer have to justify a devotion to our pets. A decade ago it raised eyebrows when people learned I routinely took my back-injured Border Collie to a chiropractor. I... Continue reading

Update: Joe the Cat

Those who are caring for Joe the cat, the frisky feline shot in the head 17 times with a pellet gun, have provided an update on his progress.  And it’s all good news.  Continue reading

Taking Weekends Off

This blog used to be a seven-day-a-week affair.  Many months ago, without any fanfare, I stopped posting on Sundays. I received a few emails from people who wondered if perhaps I’d forgotten or something, but it doesn’t seem to have... Continue reading

Happy Easter Weekend!

A little known fact about the Easter bunny.  Continue reading