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Longtime fans remember well the dramatic transformation that hit the pro wrestling landscape in the mid-1980's. A longstanding collection of regional wrestling territories were challenged by Vince McMahon as he sought to turn his father's Northeast-based (then) WWF into a national company. McMahon upended tradition with sweeping talent raids, aggressive use of the emerging cable television industry, maximizing the new pay-per-view universe, and providing a more cartoonish form of wrestling aimed towards children. The other promoters tried a variety of ways to block McMahon's plans. One by one they fell, and wrestling would never be the same. It's a fascinating... Read more →

Bob Woodward's latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House, has been all over the news for the last few weeks, and with good reason. The veteran political reporter provides a harrowing look into the inner workings of Donald Trump's administration, and it's alarming. It's not that the book reveals another side of Trump, it's that it demonstrates his known failings are even more extensive and dangerous than have been reported. Fear shows that the biggest daily task his staff and cabinet face is not carrying out his agenda (not that he has a defined one in the first place.)... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back! Come on in, have a seat. How are you? BDH, Little Buddha, and I were just talking about how the sunrise is starting later each morning these days. My body clock is pretty much linked to sunlight, so it's easy to get up when it's light out at 5:30 in the morning, but it becomes more of a challenge when it's still pitch black outside. BDH and Little Buddha promised to do whatever they can to get me going, so that I'm awake when you guys get here. ( I think part of that is because... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back. Come on in, have a seat. How are you? It's good to see that the temperatures are moving back into a more normal range for this time of year. We got plenty of rain last night, so the garden is all set for this week. There's supposed to be more coming today, but now it's not expected until this evening, which is nice, because I don't love driving in the rain. I just don't generally trust that other drivers know what they're doing. Anyway, it's September 11, so BDH, Little Buddha, and I have been talking... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back! How are you? This is not going to be a week of good sleep around here. I was up way past my 8:00 bedtime last night because of the Massachusetts primary, and the night air is also still warm and thick for now. The heat and humidity are supposed to break after tomorrow, so we'll just keep the coffee coming until then. Speaking of which, BDH and Little Buddha just brought it in, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Wednesday Clutter. Congratulations to Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley on... Read more →

Fred Rogers was a key figure in the lives of millions of children over the course of his career. They watched his groundbreaking television program, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, and learned about kindness, compassion, love (for themselves and others), and other critical values which would stay with them for the rest of their lives. Rogers believed that adults needed to respect children and understand that they were not simply "little adults," but rather individuals who had their own unique hopes, fears, and questions. He believed that emotional learning was more important than factual information for young children, and he dedicated his... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back! We hope you all had a great weekend. It's considerably warmer in here this morning than it has been for the last week. Looks like summer isn't over just yet. We're still hoping to have a few late arrivals to the garden, so maybe this weather will help. Gardening season got off to a late start this year because of the extended winter, so it's only fair we get a little extra time on the back end, right? Right. In any case, BDH and Little Buddha just said the coffee is ready, so help yourself to... Read more →

I recently read a book called, The Introvert Advantage, by Marti Olsen Laney, which explains what it means to be an introvert, and the advantages and disadvantages which come with that temperament. It's a fascinating book, and it can be helpful for anyone who is an introvert or deals with an introvert, because we see the world in a completely different fashion than extroverts, which can lead to a lot of tension. I've always known I was an introvert, but to see my entire life laid out in print was a little unnerving. Laney writes that there's a continuum of... Read more →

Hi everyone, Welcome back, and a happy August 1 to you all. The month got off to a bit of a rough start for me. I had a dream that involved me getting lost, and even when I woke up, I wasn't sure where I was until I saw BDH and Little Buddha sleeping. That made me feel much better, so now I'm ready for whatever lies ahead. The guys made you some coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter. Donald Trump threw as much red meat as he could find at... Read more →

Sumner Redstone has been a media titan for decades. The son of a movie chain owner from Boston, Redstone expanded the reach of that business until it was an empire that included CBS and Viacom (which also meant companies like Paramount Studios and MTV, among others.) He made a lot of aggressive decisions and angered many people along the way (including numerous relatives who ended up suing him.) His seemingly biggest ally/foe is none other than his daughter Shari Redstone, who has now replaced him at the top of the mountain, although her father's presence is still felt. The Redstone... Read more →