Category Archives: Passages

Hurricane’s End

It wasn’t to be, and today we had to let him go. I’d like to write more about him…but not now. Not today. Today is for coping with a silence that I knew one day would come, and yet shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

I saw Grease when it came out. I was no older than 7. I went with my sister. We were living in Elkins, WV at the time. That was the first time I saw Olivia Newton-John. Now, Newton-John was never a … Continue reading

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“Ninety years ago I was a freak. Today, I’m an amateur.” (David Warner, TIME AFTER TIME)

Actor David Warner has died. Warner was a very prolific actor; bring up his filmography and you’ll be scrolling for quite a while. While he was usually not a lead, he was more than a “character actor”. Warner brought gravity, … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

A break from the “Conversation Songs” series, in honor of actor Ray Liotta, who died today. Share This Post

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Bob Lanier

I remember when we moved to Allegany, NY in 1981, I started hearing the name “Bob Lanier” a lot. He had been, as far as I could tell, a very good basketball player who had attended St. Bonaventure University, where … Continue reading

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“I’d rather have fewer spectacular theaters than tons of cheap little multiplexes.” –Douglas Trumbull

Filmmaker and special effects guru Douglas Trumbull died earlier this month. His body of work is not large, but its influence is gigantic. For filmgoers of a certain age and a certain disposition to genre–say, 50ish and inclined to fantasy and … Continue reading

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For Mr. Teachout

I’ll take an earnest person over a hip person every day, because hip is short-term. Earnest is long-term. –Randy Pausch, “The Last Lecture” Terry Teachout died the other day, at the age of 65. Mr. Teachout was a critic, playwright, … Continue reading

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Tony and Patsy

Two giants of my early eating and drinking life, Tony Marra and Patsy Collins, died in 2021. Patsy ran a bar. Tony ran a restaurant. Patsy’s bar was called The Burton Hotel, or The Burton for short. It’s located on … Continue reading

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Farewell, Paddy Moloney

Paddy Moloney, the great front-man for the Celtic band The Chieftains, has died. He was 83. In my musical life, Paddy Moloney ranks very high. Very high. When I list musical figures who shaped my world and the way it … Continue reading

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