December 23, 2004
Re "Just a Spoonful of Culture," [Dec. 16] by Marc Weingarten: It is good to know that there are people who care about educating our children and making them aware of the wonderful world of the arts. Unfortunately, children are becoming less and less interested in anything that has nothing to do with computers and TV. It is going to take more of these types of events to get our children involved and educated about the great world of classical music and ballet. But it is well worth it to put the time and effort to adapt classical masterpieces so that our children can understand them, or at least have fun with them.
May 2, 2004 |
A cabdriver taking us to the ferry at Malta's Cirkewwa Harbor shook his head when we told him we were planning to spend the remaining days of last April's weeklong vacation on Gozo, Malta's tiny sister island and only a third the size of its sibling. "Gozo is slow." He shook his head disapprovingly. "There's nothing there!"
March 11, 2004 |
The LPGA begins its 54th year of play this week in Tucson and since it is the second week of March, it seems to be a good time to start a new year. Three years ago, the LPGA decided to can its January and February tournaments, start the year in March, play fewer events for more money and see where the whole thing went. Since this is golf, naturally there was some grumbling, mostly by the players who figured that fewer tournaments meant fewer opportunities to make a living.
January 18, 2003 |
Bill Walton is 50 and he's taking piano lessons. The piano has a place of honor, smack in the middle of Walton's living room. The keys are worn and well used. There is open sheet music, ready to be played. Walton is not dabbling. Walton never dabbles. Bill Walton is 50. His mentor, his friend, his coach, his teacher, John Wooden, tells Walton he should slow down. Wooden is 92. Wooden worries because Walton never rests. Walton is always flying to an NBA game or to a speaking engagement.
December 23, 2002 |
Everyone knows what it is to be lucky, but what exactly does being lucky mean? Is it simply a matter of chance or are there other factors, as unusual and unnerving as they are unknown, clandestinely at work? What if, just for argument's sake, luck was something quantifiable, a commodity that could be traded, gambled away, even stolen. What if luck were a gift that could be discovered and maximized or, just as easily, deactivated. What if good luck for you meant bad luck for someone else.
September 23, 2001
Enough, enough, enough. We are saddened and we mourn. But let us be done with all this moaning and whining and sniveling, and with the jingoism and the flag-waving fervor. It's time now to get on with the job at hand. We've got a host of problems out there that need to be taken care of. Finding the people who concocted or were otherwise responsible for the Sept. 11 horror and setting that right is only one job. Admittedly that will be a monstrously big one, one so vitally important to us all. But, rightly, that ought to be just a start.
July 30, 2001 |
Laguna Playhouse's "Wonderful World" is about four characters--in the form of two couples--who are all in jobs in which they supposedly help others. How nice. Not so surprisingly, their world turns out to be not so wonderful. And these four are so helpless in the face of their own problems, the idea that they might help others is laughable. Which isn't a bad quality in a comedy. Richard Dresser has written another play in the vein of his recent "Gun-Shy," which played Laguna in 2000.
June 29, 2001 |
The magic of Disney has entertained millions, but when Roy E. Disney takes to the sea, there's another kind of magic at work: that of the ocean and wind, the sun and moon. "We're sailing over to Catalina at sunset one Friday afternoon," the Disney vice chairman recalls, "and it's a warm day with a good breeze. The boat's just cruising along and there's an enormous sunset dead to the right and big orange trail of sun on the water.
April 7, 2001 |
Kevin Sherrington in the Dallas Morning News: "Even before the Mavericks made history by signing a player from China, they already were the United Nations flagship team. "Besides Wang Zhizhi, they now have players from Germany [Dirk Nowitzki], Canada [Steve Nash], Nigeria [Obinna Ekezie] and Mexico [Eduardo Najera]. "In the last couple of seasons, they had one from Australia [Chris Anstey], another from Croatia [Bruno Sundov] and a visitor from Mars [Dennis Rodman]."