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Well, Let Me Say This About That

Well, Let Me Say This About That is an interesting twist on current events, as told by Dallas’ finest and funniest Craig McCartney.

Side By Side With Sondheim

The death last week of Stephen Sondheim undoubtedly jarred loose the memories of devotees of musical theater, reminding us of so many times that he and his work intersected with our lives. For me, it started with the movie version of Gypsy, for which Sondheim wrote the lyrics.  Watching Natalie Wood strut around the stage to that insistent stripper drum […]

Here We Beto Again

For those who may have sensed a whoosh of air blowing out of Texas earlier this week, it was probably the simultaneous sigh of relief from many Democrats in the state following Beto O’Rourke’s announcement that he is, in fact, running for governor.   For those who are relatively new or unfamiliar with this game, I offer a brief and necessarily […]

What Dreams May Come

Dreams may be sweet or sour, like pork or chicken.  What part of the psyche they come from and what they can reveal about the unconscious mind are questions well above my pay grade.   An actor’s nightmare may be about being on stage, perhaps naked, with no idea what the play might be.  A surgeon operating on an unknown patient […]

Carry Me Back to Old Virginny

As Karl could tell you, I’ve been saying for weeks that Democrats losing the Virginia gubernatorial race this week would boil down to the candidate and the campaign.  Despite the punditry with which those who pay attention to such things have been inundated, I think I was right. Let’s start with Terry “I don’t think parents should be telling schools […]

A Rather Toxic Fruit Cocktail

In a world where the news is awash in coverage that invites the audience to shampoo its hair in gasoline and blow-dry it with a flamethrower, one story hit my radar this week that actually made me giggle.  It’s the one about the lady in Illinois suing Kellogg’s because her strawberry Pop-Tarts have “a relatively significant amount of non-strawberry fruit […]

Deal or No Deal

Daddy was one of those fathers who liked to say, “If you take care of the nickels and dimes, the dollars will take of themselves.” Wise words, and prescient as well, seeing how we live in a world where what once was a nickel or dime now costs a dollar or two.   Being so admonished repeatedly at an impressionable age, it […]

A Basket Case

For as long as memory reaches, there’s always been someone saying, “Everything is going to Hell in a handbasket.”  For reasons that may seem obvious, I’ve been thinking about that old phrase more than usual these days. It seems that this phrase originated back when folks having been executed on the guillotine had their severed heads caught in a basket.  […]

Words for Nerds

Across the spectrum, folks have their favorites.  From football teams and movies to good girls and bad boys, we know what takes our fancy.   Vocabulary enthusiasts—word nerds, so to speak—have our favorites, too.  One of mine is “hyperbole.”  I don’t remember when I first encountered this lovely word, but it certainly wasn’t in conversation.  In fact, many of us have […]

Just Throwing This Out There

This seemingly unending conversation about the COVID vaccines has led me to thinking about some things I would normally never have considered.   With long-term side effects being given as one of the specious (or should that be spurious?) reasons for vaccine resistance, I began to wonder about those very effects of the medications that I currently take.  In something at […]

Mixed Nuts

Along with almost everyone else at the time, I grew up in a house with nuts.  Not my parents, of course, but actual nuts.  Pecans, English walnuts, filberts, almonds, and Brazil nuts were usually found in one of those nut bowls with a place for the nutcracker and several picks in the center.   Ours had a rough bark-like edge around […]