In Loving Memory: Oklahoma’s Touching, Intense, and Ultimately Unique Remembrance of Sports Voice Bob Barry Jr.

To preface this column, a few weekends ago I spent an afternoon at the Okie Noodling Festival in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. I will keep this short, for the sake of brevity, but noodling is when very athletic, brave, and possibly certifiable men, women and, yes, children dive into various bodies of water attempting to catch enormous catfish with their bare hands. The winner of this … Continue reading In Loving Memory: Oklahoma’s Touching, Intense, and Ultimately Unique Remembrance of Sports Voice Bob Barry Jr.

Donny D Finds His Chi: A Dozen Mindless Musings From the End of Mad Men

Spoiler Alert Gauge: High (Like Roger Sterling at a Free Love Rally) 1. Don Draper may prefer blondes, but Dick Whitman prefers brunettes with daddy issues. 2. I can’t be the only one who hopes Lou Avery gets eaten by Godzilla, suddenly develops a life-threatening allergy to raw fish or upsets the wrong samurai. 3. Despite the pale rodent that inexplicably began growing above his … Continue reading Donny D Finds His Chi: A Dozen Mindless Musings From the End of Mad Men

A State, a Team and Tragedy: The Enduring Spirit of Oklahoma

The snow fell hard and fast. The roads quickly developed a sheet of white. Oklahoma drivers hesitantly leveled a soft foot on an anxious gas pedal as they traveled north from downtown Oklahoma City towards suburban Edmond, home from work to houses filled with exhausted spouses and excited children, because snow seems to deliver nothing but utter joy to the immature. Meanwhile, a daring few … Continue reading A State, a Team and Tragedy: The Enduring Spirit of Oklahoma

Better Call Saul: Why You Should be Sold on the Breaking Bad Spin-Off

On this website, I have openly gushed about my unfettered love of the late television show Breaking Bad. I’ve made my feelings openly known, no need to beat a dead horse (or mow down dead neo-Nazi’s with a modified machine gun). When I first heard of a developing spin-off to my departed Sunday night babysitter, my reaction was nothing more than casual amusement. Really? They’re … Continue reading Better Call Saul: Why You Should be Sold on the Breaking Bad Spin-Off

A Most Personal Novel: Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, His Own Battle with Addiction and the Powerful Army of Alcoholics Anonymous

One thing that has surprised me about the website you are currently navigating is how often I mention Stephen King. I’ve always enjoyed him as a writer, but in the last few years I have imbibed his novels with relish. I recently worked my way through The Shining  (a novel). Last weekend, I re-viewed Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. I wanted to investigate why King had … Continue reading A Most Personal Novel: Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, His Own Battle with Addiction and the Powerful Army of Alcoholics Anonymous

A Movie to Scare the #@?! Out of You: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Note: This column is spoiler free I have made it clear that, for me, a movie to be truly scary it has to be realistic. I have to believe that the portrayal could potentially happen. I’m not afraid of chainsaw wielding, hockey mask wearing half-dead zombies, because I know, in real life, I will never meet one. That being said one movie so effectively horrified … Continue reading A Movie to Scare the #@?! Out of You: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Derek Jeter, The Last True American Sports Icon

Today in Boston, New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter will play in his final game in Yankee pinstripes. It not only signals the end to a tremendously memorable career. It may also signal the end of a specific type of person: the true American sports idol. To be a true sports idol you have to have an extremely rare combination of charisma, likeability, talent, attractiveness, … Continue reading Derek Jeter, The Last True American Sports Icon

Riding the Red Dirt: The Talent & Twang of the Turnpike Troubadours

A few years ago I took a drive to Texas. It was a reluctant trip. The destination meant a new life for me. At the time though, I didn’t see it as a genesis. I saw it more as an apocalypse. Such was my mood as I drove a moving van south deep into the heart of Texas. I don’t remember the radio station it … Continue reading Riding the Red Dirt: The Talent & Twang of the Turnpike Troubadours