Category Archives: Culture

Issues related to culture and social issues


erotic netsuke

Now that I’ve got your attention, I want to talk about, well, sex. I’ve been thinking about sex a lot lately. On the positive side, I’m thinking about sex a lot because I’m getting some after a very long drought, … Continue reading

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Mt. Rainier

I saw a volcano. And another volcano.

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BVC Eats: Better corn bread

a smoking-hot cast iron pan greased with deeply browned butter makes a perfect crust

My husband recently entered a bake-off among the cast and crew of Motown: The Musical at the Oriental Theater in Chicago. Bless his heart, he felt he should enter my corn bread. I told him, Hey, it’s just the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook recipe. Then he made a couple of batches just for rehearsal. Turns out, it’s kind-of not their recipe after all. The differences are mostly in the process, plus, more butter. So here it is. Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Crone Wars


The Horseblog is taking a break this week, because I have this irresistible desire to get ranty, and where better to rant on this subject than right here at Crone Central? Yes, Book View Cafe was founded by older women … Continue reading

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We used to go to Mexico a lot when I was a kid. It was an easy family vacation. You could get a tourist pass at the border – no passport required – and my parents spoke enough Spanish to … Continue reading

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Why Can’t You Just Watch the Movie?

There two kinds of people in the world: the people who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the people who don’t. (**Rimshot**) Okay: Among the many binary categorizations of humans, one that I run into a lot … Continue reading

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Calculated (and Uncalculated) Risk


One of the stronger recent shocks to the horse community came when what had been viewed as a nuisance case in Connecticut was judged, not just once but again on appeal, against the horse owner and in favor of the … Continue reading

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#Watched100times: Lost loved movies

roly poly fish heads

Sometimes I think I step into these wormholes where only I and half a dozen other crazies get to see a film…and then it vanishes forever. Continue reading

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#Watched100times: The Valet

supermodel Alice Taglioni and valet Gad Elmaleh

To save the exec’s position with his wife, his wonderfully creepy yet sexy attorney suggests that the random guy caught walking by in the paparazzo’s photo should be recruited to pretend to be with the supermodel. Continue reading

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The Custom of the Country*

Recently I watched Ernst Lubitsch’s charming romance, The Shop around the Corner, starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. Made in 1940. In this time of endless remakes, the latest and most successful iteration of which was You’ve Got Mail. The … Continue reading

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