Shakespeare Tried By Twitter

Spent large part of a day fighting on Twitter with people who somehow missed the message of Julius Caesar and were up in arms over the lead character being cast with a look-alike Donald Trump.   Most didn’t know that it had been produced five years ago with an Obama like character thus providing more proof that Literature & Art must stay in schools if democracy is to survive.  Good article on the protest.

The Daily Beast has an excellent article on the fallout from the production.

Democracy—Not Donald Trump—Dies Brutally in ‘Julius Caesar,’ Just as Shakespeare Intended

Shame on Delta Air Lines and Bank of America for caving in to ignorance.  

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Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Prize Speech

I first heard Dylan in 1961. From the beginning he was different, unforgettable.  All these years later, that incredible literary content to his music has been recognized  with the Nobel Prize for Literature.  Many howled about how could a “mere musician” be honored for one of the greatest prizes for the written word?  Obviously they weren’t listening to the lyrics.

In his acceptance speech, Dylan talks about all of his influences, and makes it obvious that the greatness of his songs comes from the depth of his knowledge and love for the written word and how he brought that love to fruition by adding music.

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Anniversaries Worth Their Weight In Gold

Fifty years ago, I was a suburban dwelling wife with two children under five when the pot smoking, macrobiotic eating brother-in-law dropped by on his way to San Francisco.  The sounds of Sergeant Pepper entered the house with him.

A great deal has changed in the past 50 years, but to this day some things remain the same:  Uncle Gary and the Beatles.


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Black Eyed Susans At Pimlico

P P           Horse                   Jockey                Trailmix                Odds

1             Multiplier           Joel Rosario                                     30/1

2 Cloud Computing Javier Castellano 12/1

3 Hence Florent Geroux 20/1

4 Always Dreaming John Velazquez Blue Bronc 4/5

5 Classic Empire Julien Leparoux Renee/Pogo 3/1

6 Gunnevera Mike Smith Patd 15/1

7 Term of Art Doug O’Neil Jamie 30/1

8 Senior Investment Ken McPeek 30/1

9 Lookin at Lee Corey Lanerie Jamie 10/1

10 Conquest Mo Money Jorge Carreno 15/1

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Ladies of the Lilies

Rachel Alexander
Horse of the Year 2009

On Friday, the ladies watching will wear pink hats and another beautiful lady will wear pink lilies.

The first running of the Kentucky Oaks was on May 19, 1875 when Churchill Downs was known as the Louisville Jockey Club. The race was founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. (grandson of Lewis Clark of the Lewis & Clark expedition) along with the Kentucky Derby.

The Oaks and Derby are held on the first Friday and Saturday in May. The two races are the oldest continuously run races and the only horse races to be held at their original site since conception.

While the mint julep is the drink of the Derby, the Oaks official cocktail is much prettier and equally as potent.

  • 1 1/4 oz. GREY GOOSE® Vodka
  • 1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 1/4 oz. Triple Sec
  • 3 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Mix ingredients and pour into stemless wine glass with crushed ice and garnish with a blackberry and lemon wedge.


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