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The President’s Daughter by Patterson and Clinton

James Patterson wrote a book with Bill Clinton called “The President Is Missing” — and it became the best-selling novel of 2018.

I enjoyed it.

The President’s Daughter is not a sequel.

In this one it’s the ex-POTUS President Matthew Keating, a former Navy SEAL, who has his daughter kidnapped.

It’s silly, of course. But I like this book even better.

The audio version is well done. One of the few novels with multiple readers that worked for me.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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Envy The Night by Michael Koryta

That’s it. I’ve read all the Koryta books.

An excellent writer.

That said, this one didn’t really work for me. I found the storyline too muddled.

In the seven years since he learned that his U.S. marshal father lead a double life as a contract killer–and committed suicide to avoid prosecution–Frank Temple III has mostly drifted through life.

But when he learns that Devin Matteson, the man who lured his father into the killing game only to later give him up to the FBI, is returning to the isolated Wisconsin lake that was once sacred ground for their families, it’s a homecoming Frank can’t allow.

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Ira Glass on creative persistence

Like most everyone, I have long been a fan of Ira Glass and This American Life.

By 2019, the show broadcast to 2.2 million listeners each week, with an additional podcast audience of 3.6 millions.

But Ira was no overnight success.

His advice with long reflection over his own experience:

Follow your bliss.

Be persistent.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. I love this.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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Sherlock Holmes’ sister Enola

Enola Holmes is a 2020 film based on the first book in the series of the same name by Nancy Springer.

The story is about the teenage sister of the already-famous Sherlock Holmes, who goes to London in search of her mother who has disappeared. …

Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, the youngest sibling in the famous Holmes family. Extremely intelligent, observant and insightful, she defies the social norms for women of the era. Under her mother’s tutelage, she has learned everything from chess to jujitsu, and is extensively well read. …

Not a great movie, I’d say.

Kids will like it.

Henry Cavill must be the most boring Sherlock ever.

The plot the least Holmsian ever. Instead of finding her missing mother, she simply turns up.

But Millie is excellent as Eleven in Stranger Things. And she’s excellent here.

She made the film worth watching.

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Ladies win again. 3rd annual Bocce Ball Tourney.

#losers

The ladies won the annual Bocce Ball tournament. Third year in a row. They are undefeated.

MEN did win the second consolation game this year.

Only the fine folks of our COVID-19 bubble are eligible for this prestigious event.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. On this edit I played around with slow motion, speed ramping and Ken Burns panning.

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Broom is pretty

When I cycle around Vancouver Island, Broom is my favourite vegetation. Bright yellow. Cheery. Everywhere. 

Unfortunately many folks hate it. Broom spreads rapidly and densely, chokes out native species, and prevents reforestation. It is a fire hazard & toxic to animals and the soil. People volunteer to go cut it down while in bloom.

Broom is the English version of an olde German word for “thorny shrub”.

Use of the branches of these plants for sweeping gave rise to the term broom for sweeping tools in the 15th century …

Broom is pretty much a weed. It’s sometimes used for wasteland reclamation (e.g. mine tailings) and sand dune stabilising.  It grows in poor soil.

On the east and west coasts of North America, common broom (Cytisus scoparius) was introduced as an ornamental plant …

It is known in much of the pacific northwest as Scotch broom. It has become a naturalised invasive weed, and due to its aggressive seed dispersal broom removal has proved very difficult. …

 

 

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The Last Dance – Michael Jordan documentary

Fantastic. 

Director Jason Hehir did a superb job putting this together.

Over 500 hours of all-access footage was filmed that final season. Jordan refused to let it be used until 2016.

The Bulls are one of the few professional sports teams I watched EVER. I mostly boycott pro sports. Brian and Jane were living in Chicago during their dynasty. A connection.

And my annual vacation week in Mazatlan coincided with the NBA Playoffs each year.

At the time, my favourite player was Scottie Pippin. I wish he would have negotiated a better contract.

Jordan was a clutch competitor. We all knew that. But the documentary revealed to me just how much a jerk he could be to teammates. I wouldn’t buy the man a drink.

My only complaint with the documentary is that I would like to have seen more of Dennis Rodman.  He contributed more than what we saw in The Last Dance.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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The Irishman

It was fun to see Robert De NiroAl Pacino, and Joe Pesci together.

Pacino plays Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa

The acting is surprisingly minimalistic and understated. Even Pacino … for Pacino.

As a movie, I still found it too long. Too slow.

The Irishman is a 2019 American epic crime film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese …

… based on the 2004 nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.  …

With a production budget of $159 million and a runtime of 209 minutes, it is among the most expensive and longest films of Scorsese’s career.

Pesci was offered his role a reported 50 times before agreeing to take part, at first saying he did not want to do “the gangster thing again”, while Scorsese tried to persuade him The Irishman would be “different.”

De Niro played a big part in convincing Pesci to take the role, telling him “We gotta do this. Who knows if there’ll be anything after?” …

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.