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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

Advice for Alec Baldwin


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Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.

Right off the bat, I’m going to admit I like Alec Baldwin — the actor. The man himself and his public image, not so much.

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10 things I learned about Bill “The Spaceman” Lee


Bill Lee and a young baseball fan at The Ridgefield Playhouse. —Patricia Gay photo all rights reserved

Bill Lee and a young baseball fan at The Ridgefield Playhouse. —Patricia Gay photo all rights reserved

Bill Lee is a character inside and out. At 67, the once-great major league baseball left-hander has never given up the game. He’s still playing, and last week finished a tournament in Florida (his team won).
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Stuck!


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A woman from Weston, Connecticut saw this little dude foraging in her birdfeeder. He soon got up to his neck in trouble, and birdseed.
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Sochi Olympics: Meryl & Charlie


Meryl Davis and Charlie White lit up the Olympic ice in their gold medal ice dancing performance.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White lit up the Olympic ice in their gold medal ice dancing performance.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White have skated their way into America’s hearts, becoming the first U.S. team to win Olympic gold in ice dancing.
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Sochi Olympics, high points/low points so far


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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir (pictured with some bored guy on the left) are two of the highlights of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

With snow days up the ying yang, I’ve had the opportunity to watch much more Olympics coverage on TV than I expected. Putting Bob Costas’ pinkeye aside, here are some of the high and low points I’ve seen so far:  

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EPHEMERAL ART: Snow Sculptures


Snow Sculpture Eagle in Chicago. Carol Kuhrt Brewer photo

Snow Sculpture Eagle at the Navy Pier in Chicago. —Carol Kuhrt Brewer photo

A great way to beat the winter doldrums, Chicago hosts an annual snow sculpting competition at Navy Pier. Not the same as ice carving, snow sculpting involves three person teams carving 6 ft x 6ft x 10 ft tall blocks of snow. Professional teams from Illinois to China participated, as well as local high schools.
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Learn from my mistakes if you need to make ‘No Knead’ bread


A slice of homemade No Knead Bread.

A slice of my homemade No Knead Bread.

When the snow is falling and you’re stuck at home, there’s nothing more satisfying than breaking out the crockpot and making a hearty beef stew or soup for dinner, and perhaps a nice piping hot loaf of homemade bread.

That’s what I had in mind on Wednesday as eight inches of the white stuff billowed down during the day. I was able to work at home to get our newspaper out and decided to try my hand at making “no knead” bread. Friends on Facebook were buzzing about a recipe on Jezebel.com titled ‘How to Make Easy, Fast, Foolproof Bread from Scratch.’ None of them had tried it yet, but since I had the ingredients on hand and had plenty of hours to kill watching snow pour down, I decided to give it a whirl.

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We’ll miss Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman as a conflicted priest in Doubt. My favorite screen performance.

Philip Seymour Hoffman as a priest in Doubt. While he had a great body of work, I think this was my favorite performance.

It wasn’t time for Philip Seymour Hoffman to leave us. But he’s gone and will be greatly missed.

He could play a rumpled loser, a gadabout author, a nasty prep student, or a religious cult leader with ease. He also had his way with Broadway in True West, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Death of a Salesman.

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Super Bowl Sundae


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Lighting cherries and kirsch for Super Bowl Sundaes.

The highlight of the Super Bowl for me was listening to Renée Fleming perform the best version of the National Anthem at a football game EVER.

The Seahawks decimated the Broncos, 43 – 8, and it was all about Beratin’ Manning.
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