Reading with my Father: Slim’s Table (Part III cont.)

One of my posts during Thanksgiving acknowledged films that were shown on that occasion when I was a child. My mother was listening to her favorite radio station the day before Thanksgiving and the DJs were discussing Thanksgiving movies. They noted that The Godfather films mark a new trend in Thanksgiving movie marathons. I didn’tContinue reading “Reading with my Father: Slim’s Table (Part III cont.)”

Models Monday: Repeat Step 1(In Advance of the New Season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta)

I think I might have seen an advertisement on television promoting the new season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In advance of the new season’s launch in early November, I thought to re-post my thoughts on the show because they’re sure to be relevant because nothing on the show ever seems to change. NatashaContinue reading “Models Monday: Repeat Step 1(In Advance of the New Season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta)”

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

When I was a child, I used to wish that when I went to sleep on Christmas night I would awake to find that Christmas was all a dream and that this morning was the real Christmas morning; I never wanted the day to end. Specifically, I wanted to sustain that magical moment of seeingContinue reading “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas”

Once Upon a Time on Thanksgiving

The Muppets were always on during Thanksgiving season. One of those Muppets movies would usually come on the day before Thanksgiving and King Kong would be featured on Thanksgiving day. I never watched these programs, they were just a part of the atmosphere that comprised the weather of my favorite holiday. I can almost smell my pastContinue reading “Once Upon a Time on Thanksgiving”

Models Monday: VIP (The Thanksgiving Week Edition)

I was invited to moderate a film discussion earlier this week for a film that has received rave reviews. My role was minimal. I was only required to ask two questions before turning it over to the audience. It was an interesting experience. I learned how seriously people take film actors and actresses as wellContinue reading “Models Monday: VIP (The Thanksgiving Week Edition)”

Model’s Monday: Improving Your Day

I used to subscribe to Real Simple magazine. They have an “Expertise” column that I made a point reading every month. In their October issue, they featured a column on “rituals that will improve your day.” While I think their suggestions are all fine ones, I immediately thought of my mother when I read theContinue reading “Model’s Monday: Improving Your Day”

Reading with my Father: Slim’s Table Interlude (on Penn State)

Maybe Mitch Duneier’s description of Bart’s death and its aftermath has influenced my current interest in the Beatles’ song “Eleanor Rigby.” Bart dies alone and stays in the morgue for three weeks. Duneier makes the point that Bart wasn’t completely removed from belonging to community because the men at Valois mourned him. In fact, theyContinue reading “Reading with my Father: Slim’s Table Interlude (on Penn State)”

Models Monday: Interpretations of Debt

I bought Jerry Pinkney’s Caldecott winning book The Lion & The Mouse for my son but I barely let him near it. I probably would be afraid to let him near it even if it were a board book because he has a habit of moistening, biting, and tearing those too. Pinkney’s version of thisContinue reading “Models Monday: Interpretations of Debt”

Reading with my Father: Slim’s Table (Part III.)

One particular set of incidents illustrates that, unlike typical images of urban dwellers, the black regulars at Valois were not merely guardians of turf, attempting to maintain and reinforce expectations about themselves and others. They were creatures of sociability for whom contact with the wider circle of cafeteria groups was a source of gratification. (DuneierContinue reading “Reading with my Father: Slim’s Table (Part III.)”

Models Monday: Countering Extravagance

Say what you want about Juan Williams, the essay that he writes as a foreword to John Francis Ficara’s book Black Farmers in America elegantly captures the saga of those black men and women historically pushed to the edge of the pastoral ideal. Between January and May of 1865, farming the land would provide freedContinue reading “Models Monday: Countering Extravagance”