Good Stuff! Mr. Holmes and 13 Hours, the book

Earlier this month I watched Mr. Holmes. It left me with this fine peace. With this feeling of goodness and light, in spite of, or probably because of, a number of poignant moments. It also surprised me. To write a story like this, to give people this kind of gift… What a wonderful, powerful thing.

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Good Stuff! McDonald’s? Really?

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I can’t remember the last time I emoted over hamburgers. Yeah, I’ve been to Smash Burger (way overpriced) and Five Guys (good) and Carl’s Jr. (no scantily clad women to be seen; talk about issues with truth in advertising), In-and-Out (what’s the appeal?), and a hundred other chains and non-chains. Burgers were burgers. Big whoop.

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Good Stuff! 3 Books to Introduce You to the Middle East

The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis

ISIS, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran. What drives these groups? What are they really about? Why is there so much religious strife in the Middle East? For that matter, what is Islam actually about? Is the religion really defined by these violent actors, or are they just the most visible because they’re what’s

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Good Stuff! 4 Delightful Movies

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If you’ve been looking for some good movies to watch, I have four here that I think you’ll enjoy. The first is for fans of Downtown Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. It’s a four-episode, BBC TV miniseries called Wives and Daughters, and is based on the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, who was a popular English

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Good Stuff! Brown Bananas, Peerless, and Cinderella

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I’ve solved the banana bane. The banana bane is this. You buy bananas, and the next day they’ve got freckles. Nobody likes freckled bananas, so everyone leaves them on the counter, thinking that someone else in the family must be a freckled banana fan. But nobody is a freckled banana fan, which means a few

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