Word of the Day

Word of the Day

Jan 08

Explore the word of the day every day. Bookmark us and come back to discover the delights of the language arts. How many words are there in our language? According to the Oxford Dictionaries, there is no single sensible answer to this question. It’s impossible to count the number of words in a language, because it’s so hard to decide what actually counts as a word. Is dog one word,...

Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Jan 08

A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he’s finally released for lack of evidence–after having been beaten up and tortured by the police–he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops. –...

Time in Philadelphia

Time in Philadelphia

Jan 08

Last week, I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed. - W.C. Fields"

William Claude Dukenfield (1880 – 1946) was the eldest of five children born to Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton. He went to school for four years, then quit to work with his father selling vegetables from a horse cart. At eleven, after many fights with his alcoholic father (who hit him on the head with a shovel), he ran away from home. For a while he...

Silence is NOT Nothing

Silence is NOT Nothing

Jan 03

Of those who say nothing, few are silent. - Thomas Neill"

Thomas Hewson Neill (1826 – 1885), a native of Pennsylvania, became a general in the American Civil War, serving in the Army of the Potomac in some of its most important campaigns. Educated in local schools, he attended the University of Pennsylvania before transferring to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He graduated 27th of a class numbering 38 members in 1847....

Unemployment

Unemployment

Jan 01

I don't want any yes men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their job. - Samuel Goldwyn"

Samuel Goldwyn, original name Schmuel Gelbfisz, also called Samuel Goldfish (born July 1879, Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire—died Jan. 31, 1974, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.), pioneer American filmmaker and one of Hollywood’s most prominent producers for more than 30 years. Orphaned as a child, Goldwyn emigrated first to London and eventually to a small town in New York state, where he worked...

Marilyn’s Walk

Marilyn’s Walk

Dec 28

I learned to walk as a baby and I haven't had a lesson since. - Marilyn Monroe"

Marilyn Monroe – goddess of my youth. She was the ONLY choice for the first Playboy centerfold. The ultimate SHE. And who else could possibly consort with Joe Dimaggio, Arthur Miller, and John Kennedy? “If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.” Bartleby makes girls laugh – but he has never asked them to do anything. Poor Bartleby. Marilyn was...