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Charity in Times of Trouble

Charity is All the Rage I like to steer clear of politics here. It's something I try to avoid. Sort of like working with kids and animals. You never come out on the winning side. But given our impending dystopia, I felt I couldn't keep quiet anymore. Right now our country is in a huge poop storm and many people and issues are at risk. It's a scary time. Religion, free press, human rights, the environment and many other people and issues [...]

Omaha Community Playhouse in 80 Days

Omaha Community Playhouse Goes Around the World The Omaha Community Playhouse, the country's largest community theatre (more on that in a bit), is producing my play Around the World in 80 Days. It runs January 20 -February 12. I hate to point these things out but my OCD gets the better of me. Here's the poster for the show. Can you spot the mistake? The Largest Community Theatre So it turns out that the Omaha Community Playhouse is the country's [...]

The Other F Word Podcast

The Other F Word Podcast Earlier this month a friend of mind called me to ask if I would be willing to come on the relatively new podcast she was producing. I said, "Sure. What's the name of the podcast?" The Other F Word. I immediately thought "flatulence" and agreed I would be perfect for it. She then said, "It's about failure." Okay, so it wasn't flatulence. Bummer. But failure? (Actually, the preceding sentence should be the episode title for [...]

Best Christmas Songs – Nick Lowe

Best Christmas Songs - Just to Be With You (This Christmas) For the love of god I'm far behind in my 25 Days of Christmas songs list. Every year I swear I'm going to be on top of things and then every year the season gets away from me. New to the list this year is "Just to Be With You (This Christmas)" by Nick Lowe. It was released in 2013 on his Quality Street album. The song was written by [...]

Best Christmas Songs – I Saw Mommy

Best Christmas Songs - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Okay, so Day 15 in my 25 Days of Christmas Songs list of what I think are the best Christmas songs is coming in on the 22nd. Oy. So far behind. Today it's a very rare recording of Amy Winehouse singing I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. I think it's from the Q Awards in 2004. Side note: The Pet Shop Boys were award the Q Inspiration Award and The Red Hot Chili Peppers [...]

Best Christmas Songs – The Kik

Best Christmas Songs - A Christmas Song For You - The Kik Man oh man I am trying to catch up on my 25 Days of Christmas list, in which I countdown, in no particular order, what I think are best Christmas songs. "A Christmas Song For You" by The Kik is a fantastic throwback to the early 1960s Beatles beat. I can't find much info about Kik. Pretty much all I can find is the band is a Dutch band. [...]

Best Christmas Songs – Snowing

Best Christmas Songs - Snowing in the East on Christmas I am so far behind in my 25 Days of Christmas list I can't stand it. This happens every year. I have to lay off the eggnog. Today's song is "Snowing in the East on Christmas" by Joseph Washington Jr. Snowing in the East on Christmas - Joseph Washington Jr. I can't find any information about Joseph Washington Jr. I have no idea who he is but in 1983 [...]

Best Christmas Songs – 8 Days of Hanukkah

Best Christmas Songs - 8 Days of Hanukkah Well, Day 13 of my 25 Days of Christmas Songs (Yes I know I'm a day behind), in which I count down what I think are the best Christmas songs, has to take a brief detour. The first day of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve this year so I thought I'd go with a Hanukkah song today. Now Hanukkah isn't known for its songs. In fact, none of the Jewish holidays are known for [...]

Best Christmas Songs – Mele Kalikimaka

Best Christmas Songs - Mele Kalikimaka New to my 25 Days of Christmas Songs list, in which I countdown my favorite Christmas songs, is "Mele Kalikimaka" by Chris Isaak. Written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson,"Mele Kalikimaka" takes its title from the Hawaiian phrase Mele Kalikimaka, meaning "Merry Christmas". The most famous recording of it was by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters in 1950. That's a pretty darn good recording but I prefer Chris' version. Chris Isaak Okay, [...]