“Breaking the Wheel” in Tolkien and Game of Thrones

One freezing Boxing Day, my kids and I watched the extended editions of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy in sequence, with bonus material (how the armor and swords were made, cast hijinks, CGI amazingness) added in as needed. Our marathon lasted over 16 hours. It was delightful. We emerged woozy… Continue reading

Life wins

It’s hard to get around these days without stumbling into a march. The Women’s March on Washington spun off hundreds of “sister” marches around the world, including in several North Carolina cities. On Feb. 11, the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) march, led by the North Carolina chapter of… Continue reading

The Green Party’s Catfish gambit

Jill Stein, running for U.S. president as the leader of the Green Party, seems like a lovely woman. But her candidacy does no one any favors. It’s not that I fear she’ll edge us toward a Drumpf White House, with all the horror that entails. Unlike her Green Party predecessor, Ralph… Continue reading