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Please Friends, Put Down The Phone

Weddings
Graduations
Concerts
Games
Performances
Dinners
Breakfasts
Walks in the Park
Trips
Vacations
Grandparents
Aunts and Uncles
Cousins

On Facebook, I've seen these all. Many posted by the same people.
I have one simple question.

How much more would you and your family enjoy these moments without the need for social media documentation?

In Memoriam

For Shane

Yesterday, I sat in the library, thinking of you. As I pored over vegan recipes, tales of medieval monks, and descriptive biography of Yasujiro Ozu, I thought about you more. Who else could I call and discuss all three? Who else would be able to add insight to my last meal, movie, and chapter? I was tempted to walk, arrive work sweaty, but feeling accomplished, but a bump in the rode arose and I found myself driving. You'd have scoffed, claimed I took the easy way or accused me of always avoiding the circuitous route, in favor of ease. I'd agree, then buy you a beer.

Last night, I thought about us twenty-five years ago, maybe more. Rows of six dimes stacked on the bar. Cold Schaefer puckering our lips. Commenting on the old-timers, of which I am now one. You're not here to share those moments, that repartee or the serious moments we often shared. With every meal, movie and mountain life throws at me, I miss you more. There were years where we only spoke once. Thi…

March & April Movies 2018

Blade Runner 2049 - Deakins' cinematography makes up for a lot. Better than the original!La Bete Humaine - Renoir's boring tale fails to make you feel for any of the characters.Killing Ground - Standard horror trail story, gets good, then completely falls apart.Wind River - Been done before, but for some reason, it clicks in all the right spots.The Villainess - Korean action film that excels due to its "gimmicks" and its amazing star.35 Shots Of  Rum - Claire Denis' version of Ozu's Late Spring, trains and all. Solid.Darkest Hour - Brilliant acting. Oldman won Oscar, but it's James who truly shines.Perfect Blue - Confusing anime Inspired by so much and inspired even more. Must see.Skirt Day - Teacher deals with unruly students and a gun. Heartbreaking. Adjani is great.The Thing (2011) - Absolutely unwatchable. I tried three times and couldn't sit through it.Chris Rock: Tamborine - Feels like a weak reboot of Bigger and Blacker. Pretty dull.The Man Wit…