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webmaster | 06/11/14

Recently took in the movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” For those of you who remember the late Paul Karason, who was known as Madera’s Blue Man and appeared on the Today Show and Oprah after a story that first broke right here in this paper, there is a character (with a pretty major part) in the film who can turn blue. The first time it happened my gal whispered in my ear (I always like that) “He looks like Paul.”

As for the movie itself, and though today’s kids may pass it off as me being slightly old, I found it simply entertaining, nothing else. Or when asked to describe it by a teen, I said, it reminded me of a reply by Alan Watts, the late philosopher, theologist and proponent of Zen Buddhism.

After reading his first book on Zen and returning it, the owner asked what he thought of it. Watts replied “I didn’t understand any of it, but I enjoyed it very much.” The aforementioned teen shrugged his shoulders and strolled away very Zen-like.

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A way-over-belated happy birthday to one of my favorite mixologists, Marnie Speight. As you might have guessed, Marnie was named after the Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery. And not for spite. In the film, Marnie has some pretty serious psychological hang-ups. Not so with our Marnie. When she steps behind the bar at Farnesi’s, her pretty smile and affable demeanor light up the place. Not that she wouldn’t pass up a kiss in the movie from the guy who almost everyone knows as “Bond… James Bond.” ...


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