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Bill Murray and the Saints: Let’s play ball

In the summer of 1978, Bill Murray played baseball for the Greys Harbor Loggers in Washington State. It was a dream of his. He didn’t get to play the whole summer because in August he went off to film Meatballs […]

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Bill Murray and the Saints: Let’s play ball

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In the summer of 1978, Bill Murray played baseball for the Greys Harbor Loggers in Washington State. It was a dream of his. He didn’t get to play the whole summer because in August he went off to film Meatballs […]

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Habsburgs travel to America

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Foreign Films: Why does Hollywood always re-make perfectly good movies?

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Goodbye to language – Godard in 3D

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This poster hangs in my living room. It says: 26 March 1989 – election of the People’s Deputies USSR Our main mandate: the care of the individual Let me say this, 1989

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Timbuktu – not just a movie – a real place full of history

Last weekend I went to see the Oscar nominated film Timbuktu. When I was little I thought Timbuktu was a mythical place. Whenever I heard the word, it seemed to

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MisAdventure in San Francisco 1974

Heaven’s plane was due in from L.A. at 2:10 p.m. and we told him we’d pick him up between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. so we headed toward the

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The Color Purple: The Musical returns to Broadway

Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple, was published in 1982 and she won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1983. Walker was born

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Seizing opportunities: My father’s incredible life

My father turns 95 this week. We were talking over lunch yesterday and he said it was really incredible to him to think about all the things he has

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Culture Shock: Get over It!

I recently read a book on culture shock and have been thinking about it lately. Since I just moved, I am having my own mini version of culture shock,

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