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Posted Monday night, April 24, 2017. Recently retired astronaut Helen Kane, the main character of Meg Howrey’s new novel The Wanderers, thinking about what inspired her to get into what another character calls the “space biz”: For Helen, the initial spark had been a book. Men on the Moon. But it wasn’t Neil or Buzz that had interested her, or even the moon itself. She had been attracted to the mission’s most unsung hero: Michael Collins, alone in Columbia, drifting around the moon in exquisite solitary splendor while Buzz and Neil had gone about the terrestrial work of putting down... Continue reading
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Posted Monday evening, April 24, 2017. DeVos: And what are you working on? Student: I'm learning digital animation. DeVos: No. I mean this thing with the screen. What is it? pic.twitter.com/XglgMov01j — Half An Onion (@HalfOnionInABag) April 9, 2017 Continue reading
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Another explanation is that 6 percent are Bernie voters who are still convinced they were right and Bernie woulda won and are using the poll to say I told you so. Does the poll say who those who've changed their minds *would* vote for?
Chris, easy one. Democrats are more honest and realistic and more of them have moved on and are thinking about the future, while Trump voters are still stubbornly refusing to admit they elected an incompetent racist lunatic president.
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Posted Sunday morning, April 23, 2017. “By the time I made it through Maryland, it was hard not to think of the Appalachian Trail as a 2,190-mile trek through Trump lawn signs.” Writer Rahawa Hailie on McAfee Knob, near Roanoke, Virginia, taking a break from her solo hike up the Appalachian Trail in the summer of 2016. Photo courtesy of Halie via Outside Magazine. Once upon a time I thought nothing of going out for a little stroll and without planning it coming home hours later, having covered ten or fifteen miles. These days I’d be happy to be able... Continue reading
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Thanks, Mark, and thanks for the heads up on Longman's post. I'm way behind on my own blog reading. Of course he's hard to keep up with because the man's a blogging machine. And he makes me feel like a slacker. Reminds me, though, he had a post a couple weeks back I've been meaning to re-read for a post of my own. You probably saw it---Matt Taibbi is concerned about tone.
Ted, that's me, classiest ranting old man on the internet. Thank you. Glad you liked the post. Fiddlin Bill, I think it's just another case of GMTA. You're right about the geographic problem. Sometimes I wish California would divide itself up into 13 Kansas-sized states. Lex, I'm not going to read it, but I'm pretty sure it's mostly gossip-mongering as well. Cathie, thanks. And I know what you mean. It's why I sometimes like to think her losing the election was God's way of rewarding her.
David,reminds me---there's a reason "May you live in interesting times" is a curse.
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Posted Saturday night, April 22, 2017. Our Man on the Scene for the March for Science in New York City was fellow blogger, Twitter pal, and regular visitor to Mannionville, Yastreblyansky, who sent this post card. Scientists love being wise acres. Central Park West. Saturday afternoon, April 22, 2017. Copyright Yastreblyanksy. Make sure you swing by Yastreblyansky’s blog, The Rectification of Names. Continue reading
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Posted Saturday morning, April 22, 2017. He’s trying to play us all for suckers I’m not sure what to make of this as a metaphor: “Trump Plaza was one of four casinos to close down in Atlantic City in 2014. In this Oct. 6, 2014 photo, a worker applies caulk to holes in the facade of the former Trump Plaza casino.” Photo by Wayne Parry/AP, courtesy of AP, via NJ.com. I might have been a little intemperate in my post the other day regarding the political media and their coverage of the 2016 election and to make amends I should... Continue reading
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Posted Friday evening, April 21, 2017. Tonight’s feature for Mannion Family Movie Night: Fantastic beast wrangler and wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) knows where to find the fantastic beast that’s escaped from his magic suitcase, he just isn’t sure how to re-capture it, in this scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first in a series of movies intended to be to the Harry Potter series what Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is to his Lord of the Rings: prequels that deepen and expand our understanding of the originals, provide... Continue reading
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Posted Friday evening, April 21, 2017. In the late fall of 1967 and into the winter of 1968, James Earl Ray was living in Los Angeles having drifted there after he’d escaped from prison in Missouri but before he’d developed his plan to murder Martin Luther King. And it was probably in L.A. that he determined to kill King because while he was there he became, as Hampton Sides says in his riveting account of King’s assassination and the international manhunt for his killer that followed, Hellhound on His Trail, “infatuated” with George Wallace’s campaign for president. Ray was good... Continue reading
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Posted Thursday afternoon, April 20, 2017. The fatally-flawed candidate nobody liked demonstrating her inability to be warm and personable with voters. (Hillary Clinton helping the Wellesley crew team celebrate the school’s first NCAA Championship. March 3, 2017.) Photo courtesy of HRC. In her review of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Michiko Kakutani compares Clinton’s campaign for President to the voyage of the Titanic. The implication being that everything that could go wrong did go wrong but that all of it was foreseeable and preventable and if only someone in charge had noticed and... Continue reading
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Posted Wednesday night, April 19, 2017. Union Square nights: A friendly oasis. https://t.co/0l3I4XECLD @agreatbigcity #streetscene @UnionSquareNY #streetphotography #newyorkcity pic.twitter.com/q8Mkfxtkjq — Joseph Dolman (@CityEdition) April 20, 2017 Continue reading
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Posted Tuesday night, April 18, 2017. Outside the door of our motel room, the ice machine appeared to be in some kind of distress. It took me a while to hear the sound of my mother snuffling softly in the dark. “Do you think they were ever happy?” “Definitely,” I said. “Definitely?” “For sure.” “She went crazy. His business failed. They couldn’t have children of their own. He went to prison. HRT gave her cancer. I shot his brother in the eye and then married a man who cost him his business. When were they happy?” “In the cracks?” I... Continue reading
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Mined from the notebooks. Thursday, March 23, 2017. Posted Tuesday, April 18. Photographed but not ordered---I swear!---by Lance Mannion. Thursday morning, March 23, 2017. In what’s become a Thursday morning routine for us, on the way to dropping Mrs M off at the bus depot to catch her bus to work in the Big City this morning, we stopped at an internationally famous pancake house for a quick breakfast. To those of you concerned about how I’m handling my diabetes (and who’ve been policing my sugar intake. Busy bodies.), relax. I didn’t have one of those candy drinks. I had... Continue reading
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Mined from the notebooks, Saturday morning, April 15, 2017. Posted Monday evening, April 17. Valley Forge. Parked in the lot next to Von Steuben’s statue, finishing my coffee while making up my mind which direction I’ll be setting out for a walk. The lot seems full of joggers, power walkers, bikers packing it in. I’m here late, 8:30, and they’re all done with their runs, walks, rides, having been out here for a couple of hours, some of them. As far as I can see, I’m the only geezer near about. But also as far as I can see, none... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday, April 16, 2017. It’s old but not contemporaneous. Probably dates from the late 19th Century. Washington didn’t sleep here either or, to be precise, in the house nearby. Teddy Roosevelt did, when the place was owned by his Attorney General, Philander Chase Knox. Ruined greenhouse. Philander C. Knox Estate. Site of Maxwell’s Headquarters. Valley Forge National Historical Park. 9:15. Easter Sunday. April 16, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Sunday. 11:50 a.m. 63 degrees. Drove the whole way home from B&N with car windows wide open. Opened the kitchen and living room windows as soon as I got in the house. Spring. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Posted Saturday, April 15. Driving home from the bus depot north on 300. Large man in a small car pulls up next to us at a light. He’s wearing a hard hat. Has one of those little clipboards suction cupped to the dash. A GPS too. Windows wide open. Music playing. Latin singer I don’t recognize crooning a ballad in a deep, sultry voice I imagine is the voice of the Most Interesting Man in the World when he sings, which, of course, he does better than anyone else. Driver floors it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Friday night, April 14, 2017. "You will see, as time goes by," said Ibn Rushd, "that in the end it will be religion that will make men turn away from God. The godly are God's worst advocates..." ---from Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Thursday night, April 13, 2017. I try not think about what seeing this as a kid did to my thinking about sex and romance. By the way, I didn’t show this clip to my class when we talked about Cabaret and the Nazis, for obvious reasons. Bob Fosse was a genius, though, in case you needed reminding. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday evening, April 13, 2017. “In here, life is beautiful! Ze girls are beautiful! Even ze orchesra is beautiful!” Joel Grey as the Master of Ceremonies and the Kit Kat Club Dancers performing "Wllkommen", the opening number of the 1972 movie musical Cabaret. At Oliver Mannion’s request, the feature for this week’s Family Movie Night is Cabaret. His Intro to Theater Class watched a scene from the Broadway revival with Alan Cummings as the MC. Now he wants to see the movie. So, seems like a good time to re-post this one. Coincidentally, it’s just a little more than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks. Posted Thursday evening, April 13, 2017. 2:30 p.m. 84 degrees. Setting up the new TV for streaming off the Wii. Local news station on while I fiddle with the cables. Weather report. Meteorologist reports tomorrow will be somewhat cooler and starting Thursday the highs will be in the 60s through the weekend. “Enjoy the eighty degrees while they last,” he says. Enjoy? How do you enjoy 80 degree days when nobody’s opened their pools, the beaches are closed, and even if you can get to the lake or the ocean the water will be way too... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Saturday. 10:09 a.m. 39 degrees. Dropped Oliver off at school for his Saturday shift at the library. Lingered after he went inside to enjoy the view from the hilltop. Mist on the mountain tops down river. Straight across the river, an Amtrak train pulling out of Beacon, headed south for the City, looking, as trains do from a distance, like a toy train. N-Gauge. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Lance Mannion