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It’s January 2011

Happy New Year, all!

I hope you’re happy and healthy and full of energy to enter the new year. So let’s take a moment to stop and reflect on where we are before we blast off into the future.

Happy New Year to you and yours! I have a friend who just came back from Austin. She ate very well. Clearly I need to do the “Visit You and BBQ” tour at some point!

Here are some recent faves.


TV: Yeah, I like Burn Notice, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, In Treatment, Treme, Bad Breaking, Louie, Rescue Me, Mad Men. All fine shows. But I ADORE Sons of Anarchy. This is Hamlet on an motorcycle. Everything works, acting, directing, writing—it’s amazing. And then there’s Pit Bulls and Parolees. Friend of my friend the Basset rescuer, if there’s not a dog crisis, there’s a legal one. Love it.

Movies: I don’t go anymore. That’s what Netflix is for. But I did go see The Fighter. A little scary, it takes place in Lowell, Mass, which is two towns over from where all my Irish alcoholic relatives live in Stoughton. At least Mark Wahlberg (he’s from the area) gets the accents right. I could never watch  The Perfect Storm because of the bad Massachusetts accents. If you can rent or buy it, Jekyll (BBC 2007). Amazing, wonderful, can’t rave enough about it.

Book: Room by Emma Donoghue. Unbelievable. She really nailed this one. And if you missed it, In This Way I was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw. Brilliant.

Music. I wouldn’t presume. But in case you missed them (skipping the obvious, I hope) : Caitlin Cary, Bill Morrissey, Dave Alvin (my favorite musician ever), Patty Larkin, Guy Clark, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Bill  Morrissey, David Wilcox Jamey Johnson, Anne Hills, Dylan, Billy Joel, Chris Rea, John Gorka, Rosanne Cash, Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams, Maura O’Connell, Rodney Crowell, Rufus Wainwright.

And you?


P.S. If weren’t trying to be obvious, I’d include Lyle Lovett, Bruce, Willie, Garth, Hiatt, Paul Simon, Steve Earle, Eagles, Elton, Fleetwood, Sinatra, Gram Parsons, Grateful Dead, James Taylor, John Fogerty, John Mellancamp, Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Paul Brady, Paul Simon, Steve Wariner, Tom Petty, Tom Waits.

All worth a listen.


Reviews on a rainy day

Book, product, TV, and movie reviews are going to be regular features here on the blog. Here are some current favorites.

BOOK: Room, by Emma Donoghue, is the best book I’ve read in a long time. It’s hard to talk about this book, because I don’t want to give away what happens. You really want to take this ride with Donoghue. A boy and his mother live in one room. She has raised him there his whole life. Then things change. The story is told by the boy, and his perspective of the world is just fascinating. This book had me on the first page, and kept me enthralled right up to the last world. Very well done.

TV: Sons of Anarchy is one of those shows that a few friends were raving about, but, really? Motorcycle club in Central California? I don’t think so! Until I watched the first episode. This is Macbeth in biker duds–a gripping family drama that happens to involve gunrunning. Get the old episodes from iTunes, Amazon, or Netflix. Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam, and the rest of the cast are amazing.