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Another Funny Summer Flick

Do you want a movie full of adventure, a bit of Russian language, and dogs? Look no farther. This is a film with no swearing and plenty of good messages. The bad guys get into trouble, and the good guys/dogs come out on top. On Netflix, our family watched yet another in the series of…


Technological Time Wasters

I was meant to live in another time period, yet I’m enjoying myself immensely in our fast-paced, at-the-speed-of-light lifestyle in the here and now. I just sometimes wonder…. As someone who’s flown the supersonic Concorde transcontinentally, it makes me think of those who once had the luxury to set sail for foreign lands, relaxing enroute,…


College Acceptance

The communique arrived before dawn in our son’s e-mail inbox. Short and sweet, it read something like this: “Many thanks for sending your application for a place commencing this fall. We have now made you an offer to study with us which has been sent separately to your email address.” The foreign university was well-respected…


Sad Russian Stories

The novel, Anna Karenina, begins with the sentence, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” And while we all know that happy Russian families exist, you’d be hardpressed to find one in a popular novel or film. Social commentators have long observed that, the colder the climate, the…


A Model Adoptive Family

In those odd hours of lengthy computer work, I occasionally turn on the TV. Benedetto wants to pull the plug entirely, but I really do enjoy the occasional program, generally those that are educational. I really can’t name any fictional series that I have tuned into in recent decades. Not to say that many of…


Barely-Breathing Breakdown

Every day is an adventure around the Bartologimignanos. There’s simply no room for ennui. However, today we had a bit too much excitement. My son and I started the day with our early-a.m. power walk. His tennis team, in multiple tie-breakers lasting till almost 10:00 p.m. last night, finally faced defeat. They had made it…


Kids & Electronics Exorcisms

My whole job is to keep my children safe until they reach… I don’t know… let’s say adulthood and eventually the grave at 120. The age of eighteen means very little any more. Used to be that a young person was “grown” in their teens. Now, you’d be grateful if they attained a certain maturity…


I-Pads at Passover-?

In my own little bubble of reality, I like to think that I’m still with-it enough to know about certain trends circulating in the world at large. Apparently not. One of my correspondents was kind enough to send me a NY Times article on incorporating i-Pads and tablets at the Passover Seder table.  In other…


Nine Problems with “Noah”

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating, since 3-D has received so many inquiries about our impressions on the film, “Noah”:  just because it has a Biblical name, that doesn’t make it a Biblical movie.  And, as director Darren Aronofsky states, “It’s the least Biblical film ever made”. That about says it all. Personally,…


Rainy Day Roadtrip Thoughts

I do a lot of command performances, not that I am in any way a performer, I just have to be certain places at certain times, rain or shine.  So once again, over the weekend, I’m in a rental car, traveling at high speeds in pouring rain and fog. Better than snow and ice. I…

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