Thy Neighbor’s Anteater

People are always asking me, “Luke, why do Americans spend billions of dollars on cats and dogs every year, without hesitation, but only hundreds of dollars on anteaters?” Well, that’s a complicated question and there are no simple answers. Like most Americans, I have mixed feelings about anteaters. There is something about them that seems … Continue reading Thy Neighbor’s Anteater

Cindy Lou’s Lesson and the Miracle of ZuZu’s Petals

OK, I get that we're supposed to appreciate this most Festive of Seasons for its deeply personal spiritual foundations -- Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve. And I really do understand those meanings -- the promise of new beginnings; hope for this sad, sad, world; the appraisal of our lives and our connections to those … Continue reading Cindy Lou’s Lesson and the Miracle of ZuZu’s Petals

A Dog By Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

My dog Pebbles is a shelter mutt the size of a shoe box. I can't explain how she managed to end up in my household. She must have sensed that I'd lost part of my soul, a piece whose absence I couldn't get used to, which knuckled me awake in those long, sad hours before … Continue reading A Dog By Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet

“They mostly come at night…mostly.”

By Luke These dark, dark nights, when dawn feels like a million years away, are perfect for viewing scary movies on your home screen. Fortunately, the good folks at Fontana Regional Library have assembled some shadowed DVD gems that are guaranteed to deliver a shiver. These are little titles that may have escaped your notice, … Continue reading “They mostly come at night…mostly.”

Things Broke Loose and Then the Police Came

By Luke I'm posting this on May 29th, which, I don't think I need to remind you, is the 100th anniversary of the riots at the premiere of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" in Paris. That's right, the French rioted over a ballet. According to eyewitness accounts, two outraged parties began arguing even as the Introduction … Continue reading Things Broke Loose and Then the Police Came

Love and the Feathered Rex

By Luke When I was a kid, I was gob-smacked by the movie “The Beast of Hollow Mountain.” This glorious American-Mexican co-production featured rugged cowboys, the low-cut charms of Patricia Medina (who fostered strange stirrings that I wouldn’t understand for a few more years), stampeding cattle and treacherous patches of quicksand – the essential ingredients … Continue reading Love and the Feathered Rex

Woo in Winter: An Extremely Lazy Guide to Celebrating Valentine’s Day

By Luke Like most guys, I can't get real excited about Valentine's Day. We're stuck in that awkward period between the Super Bowl and March Madness. Somehow we're still trying to wrestle the checkbook back into some semblance of order after the Holidays. And we're about a million miles from Shark Week and other outposts … Continue reading Woo in Winter: An Extremely Lazy Guide to Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Christmas Doesn’t Have to Hurt: A Simple Guide to Decorating for the Holidays

By Luke So the lovely and talented Marlene Donovan was lamenting that the Recession has made it next to impossible to decorate her home for Christmas. "Between the gifts and the utilities and a mortgage that won't go away, there just isn't anything left to spend on decorations," she said. Fortunately, Marlene was talking to me. … Continue reading Christmas Doesn’t Have to Hurt: A Simple Guide to Decorating for the Holidays

“What sprouted wasn’t what she planted”

When I was a kid, the world had a lot of scary places. There was school, with its ominous Teacher's Lounge (my friend John Smitherman said that a teacher had killed herself there  -- "She cut off her own head with a ruler!");  and the Second Floor Boys Bathroom with its strange half-whispered voices (and … Continue reading “What sprouted wasn’t what she planted”

Our Wonderful World

By Luke I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for Fun Facts and little bits of odd information. All that stuff that shows up on Snapple lids, obscure specials aired late, late at night on The History Channel, cereal boxes, moldy almanacs, and, of course, the Internet. I just can't resist. Here are … Continue reading Our Wonderful World