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Paul’s Book Reviews

“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.” — Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great

The Power of the Dog, by Don Winslow This is a big novel, epic in scope, The Grapes of Wrath of the Mexican drug empire and America’s halfhearted fight against it. The Power of the Dog is a […]


Paul’s DVD Reviews

“Forty thousand years of human language, and there’s no word to describe our relationship. It was doomed.” – Ewan McGregor as The Ghost in The Ghost Writer.

Green Zone (2010) Green Zone is a good war movie, a good thriller, and a great action film. And it tells some important truths about the liars who […]


Tubac Car Show

Just back from the annual classic & collector car show at Tubac, Arizona, a retirement boutique settlement near the border town of Nogales. I really should call it a classic, collector, & enthusiast car show, since there were several groupings of PT Cruisers, new generation (2002-2005) Thunderbirds, and Saturn Sky/Pontiac Solstice two-seaters. But there were […]


In Soviet Union, Crow Eats You

Earlier today, as Schatzi and I emerged from the house for our morning constitutional, a raven lifted off from a palo verde tree across the street. It’s a windy day here in Tucson, so the raven was able to turn into the wind and hover, holding position a few feet away and slightly above us.



SOTU Spaghetti

I make a dish called pasta puttanesca; literally, “whore’s spaghetti.” The sauce is made of olive oil, garlic, anchovies, chopped tomatoes, capers, basil, and perhaps a few olives, tossed into pasta. Last night, since I was about to sit down to watch President Obama deliver the annual State of the Union address to an assembly […]


Las Vegas Road Trip Report

Donna and I spent a couple of days in Las Vegas this week visiting with our kids and my sister Mary, who traveled down from Montana with her husband Dennis. Mary & Dennis’ daughter Gwen was there too, driving up from San Diego with her SO Omar.

Since Mary & Dennis were staying on the […]


Paul’s Grab Bag (Updated [& Updated Again])

Donna and I are driving to Las Vegas tomorrow. My sister Mary and brother-in-law Dennis will be there, taking a break from subzero weather in northeast Montana. None of my sisters are nearby, so we don’t get to see each other often. A chance to visit in nearby Las Vegas is something to seize upon. […]


The Memorial Service

Up and at ‘em early this morning. A dog to water, feed, and walk, a bicycle to ride, an old friend from Las Vegas showing up in the early afternoon, a party at another friend’s house this evening. But first, a little blogging.

Like everyone else, I watched the televised memorial for the victims of […]