The Christmas Playlist Series: No. I

The Hunt For New (Christmas)Music: Embed from Getty Images   For over a decade, I’ve been putting together a Christmas playlist. The goal is simple: Introduce friends to new Christmas music they probably haven’t heard, or old Christmas music performed in a new version by a new artist. In the spirit of Christmas, it’s time to […]

The Nightshift: 30 November 2016

Press Clippings It’s Wednesday, 30 November 2016. A time of great excitement in America, as the President-Elect picks his team and America picks out gifts–it’s going to be interesting and unpredictable. See what’s happening in the rest of the world by clicking on the links below to the front pages of the world’s great newspapers. The […]

The Holiday Movie Playlist: Where to see the Christmas Classics

Paying Attention: Christmas movies and specials are one of the great traditions of the Holidays,  but finding the film or show you want to see can be a bit of an adventure. To make things a whole lot simpler,  here are some very well curated lists of the best shows and movies on the air […]

The Nightshift: 29 November 2016

Press Clippings It’s Tuesday, 29 November 2016. The Black Friday/Black Monday weekend of shopping is over (temporarily). While everyone checks their shopping lists,  see what’s happening in the rest of the world by clicking on the links below to the front pages of the world’s great newspapers. The Times (London) Financial Times (UK) The Irish […]

Hot Stuff: The Maple Syrup Shortage

Paying Attention Embed from Getty Images Who would have thought it? That maple syrup–that cold Saturday morning breakfast staple, the sweet glue that brings sugar and eye-popping taste to waffles and pancakes throughout North America–would be more valuable than oil (maple syrup was, at the time of the writing of this post, $32 a gallon […]

The Nightshift: 28 November 2016

Press Clippings It’s Monday, 28 November 2016. America is back at work, having survived traveling for the Holidays and Black Friday. Now, the country must survive CyberMonday–the online equivalent of Black Friday. Good luck with that (and good luck to all the retailers and shoppers). While the cash registers sing, see what’s happening in the rest of […]

The Nightshift: 27 November 2016

Press Clippings Embed from Getty Images It’s Sunday, 26 November 2016. America is on the road, returning from the Thanksgiving Holiday and recovering from the exhausting buy-fest that is Black Friday. See what’s happening in the rest of the world by clicking on the links below to the front pages of the world’s great newspapers. The […]

The Nightshift: 26 November 2016

Press Clippings Embed from Getty Images It’s Saturday, 26 November 2016. Fidel Castro. the long-serving premier/dictator/strongman of Cuba has died. That island country will now undergo its’ own transition as America transitions into a new Presidential administration. History will judge Castro’s reign in Cuba and only time will determine if diplomatic and commercial relationships with Cuba will […]

The Nightshift: 25 November 2016

Press Clippings It’s Friday, 25 November 2016, Black Friday (THE SHOPPING DAY) in America. See what’s happening in the rest of the world by clicking on the links below to the front pages of the world’s great newspapers. The Times (London) Financial Times (UK) The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland) The Wall Street Journal (European edition) […]

The Christmas Channel: How Hallmark Owns a Holiday

Paying Attention Maybe you noticed it on the way to another channel–the Hallmark Channel. Not necessarily a destination on your cable TV or satellite TV lineup, but a fixture, always there and always programming a type of show or made-for-tv movie that is quintessentially American. At no time during the year is the presence (and […]