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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.

There’s A New Club In Town

Some of my favorite movies are stories about the relationships between women in groups.  Steel Magnolias, The First Wives Club, and A Letter to Three Wives fit into this genre, as well as the more simply named The Group and The Women.   The nexus for these associations may be rooted in college friendships or living in the same town.  Or […]

Simulation of Life

Leaning on the everlasting arms may make one safe and secure from all alarms, but sometimes we need an infusion of something just a bit higher up on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. As the weeks have turned into months, I find myself employing an old pattern of seeking to get from the movies what is missing from real life. What […]

A Domestic Surprise or Two

Even after 38 years, Karl sometimes surprises me. Not like sending me flowers or bringing me candy surprises, but the occasional surprise choice. Last weekend, we were retiring to the den to eat dinner and watch a movie. I had recently recorded two movies I wanted to see again, one that I hadn’t seen in a very long time that […]

The Southern Code

Since someone let the cat out of the bag about the blessing of hearts in the South not having a thing in the world to do with blessing anything, it may be time to articulate some other Southern code employed by many folks down here that means something a little different than what it sounds like on the surface.   It […]

You’re Fired, Or Maybe Not

Donald Trump isn’t doing very well with the polls.  Not to be confused with the Poles, which I generally skip over in favor of “Polish.”   Not to be confused with “polish,” of which both my nails and my furniture have desperate need.   Rather I’m talking about those polls, released these days with much fanfare and “Breaking News” banners, that […]

Skating Around Stupid

“Mama says, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’”  My daddy liked to say, “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”  The fictional Mrs. Gump and the quite real Mr. McCartney were probably kindred spirits. Many of us were taught that “stupid” was a bad word and should never be […]

Sounds Like Chinese To Me

Trump referring to COVID-19 as the “kung flu” created a backlash against the racist nature of the comment, but it’s doubtful that this will hurt him with his fans.  So let’s double down with a little oriental wisdom.   Before folks get their hackles up, dictionary.com assures me I can still use the “O” word as an adjective, just not as […]

Same As It Ever Was

So these days, the soapbox in the park (Hyde Park for the lucky few) has been replaced with the platforms provided by social media.  Virtually anyone can become a talking head.  Not a bad thing, I would say, as I’m standing on one right now.  Plus there are pressures, both internal and external, that push us to take stands on […]

The Long, Hot Summer

Well, it’s official.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended the eligibility for consideration for Oscars from December 31, 2020, to February 28, 2021.  So, 2020 literally will be two months longer than originally planned—at least for all us film buffs. Now to be fair to 2020, it is not the worst year of my life, at […]


The release of the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gone with the Wind falls almost exactly at the midpoint of a timeline from the beginning of the Civil War to today.  The movie version won the Oscar for best picture of 1939 and became the highest grossing film in history, when receipts are adjusted for inflation.  […]