Beer Review: Dark Horse Rain In Blood Orange Pale Ale

BeerRain In Blood Orange Pale Ale
Brewer: Dark Horse Brewing Company
Source: Draft
Rating: ** (6.3 of 10)
Comments: Orange in color with a thin head, this beer is also orange in aroma and taste.  Kind of bready, not too sweet.  There’s no lace and a light mouthfeel.  Pretty good, but I think it could be a bit stronger in flavor.
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Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Big Red Mitch

BeerBig Red Mitch
Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Source: Draft
Rating:  ** (6.9 of 10)
Comments:  A different beer, a dark red almost blackish with a bitter grapefruit scent and aroma but balanced with an earthy maltiness.  There’s no lace and medium mouthfeel.  It’s different, in a good way.

From the same brewer:

Photopost: Return to Bronx Zoo

Over the weekend, the family returned to visit the he Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, a place I’ve visited dozens of times over the course of my life, and enjoyed by previous generations of my family as well.  This was a unique visit for three reasons:

  1. It was the first ever visit for my daughter Kay
  2. It was the first time we visited on two consecutive days
  3. It was the first time we visited as members!

The membership was a gift of my mother, who having moved to a new home in walking distance of the zoo is ready to visit the zoo again and again with her children and grandchildren.

Here are some of the best photos from our visit:

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Book Review: Buffalo Before Breakfast by Mary Pope Osborne

AuthorMary Pope Osborne
TitleBuffalo Before Breakfast
Publication Info: New York : Random House, c1999.

This is a very sweet story in the Magic Tree House series.  Annie & Jack go to the Great Plains of the 1800s and meet a Lakota boy named Black Hawk and his wise and gentle grandmother.  It’s a nice glimpse into the life of the Lakota following the buffalo across the plains in the time before white settlers arrived.  Which also makes it bittersweet since a culture and way of life were lost.  Maybe the best Magic Tree House story I’ve read yet.

Rating:  ***1/2

Book Review: Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne

AuthorMary Pope Osborne
TitleAfternoon on the Amazon
Publication Info: New York : Random House, 1995.

Another Magic Tree House adventure, this time Jack & Annie find themselves in the danger and beauty of the Amazonian rain forest.  Lots of good animal and nature details.  And a friendly monkey.  Another worthy addition to the series.

Rating:  ***

Book Review: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

AuthorMary Pope Osborne
TitleDinosaurs Before Dark
Publication Info: New York : Random House, c1992.

My children ravenously work their way through the Magic Tree House series.  This is actually the first book in the series.  And what a great start!  Any story that involves riding on the back of the pteranadon is my kind of adventure.  I like that these stories work both in settings of human history as well as in natural settings.

Rating:  ***1/2

Movie Review: Fight Club (1999)

Title: Fight Club
Release Date: 1999
Director:  David Fincher

Scratch this off the list of movies everyone has seen except me.  Not that I hadn’t already known the basic plot details of the movie for some time.  Still that made it fun to watch for evidence of the big twist before it was revealed.  Of course there are things I didn’t know about like Helena Bonham Carter’s character and her significance in the movie (and why does every Helena Bonham Carter have black rings around her eyes?) And oh my, that final scene wouldn’t have gone over well if the movie was made a couple of years later.  This movie of course is a stylized and violent satire of masculinity and consumer culture.  I think it hits a few points pretty well, misses the mark on others, but basically is an interesting story with good acting and direction.


Rating: ***

Book Review: Lumberjanes Volume 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen

AuthorNoelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen
TitleLumberjanes Volume 2
Publication Info: Los Angeles : Boom!, 2015.
Previously Read by Same AuthorsLumberjanes

A great followup on the adventures of the Roanoke cabin scouts at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types.  This time they discover the strange goings-on are due to a sibling battle between Artemis and Apollo. Scout-leader Jen is brought into confidence and has the challenge of adapting to the less by-the-rules activities of her troop.  Great fun!

Rating: ***1/2

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

This April, I’ve signed up to participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  The basic gist is to blog for every letter of the alphabet for each day in April with Sundays off for good behavior.  So on April 1st I’ll blog about something that starts with A, on April 2nd I’ll write about something starting with B, and so on from there.

I pondered a theme for a while and them I remembered that I long ago had the idea of doing an A to Z for my own neighborhood, Jamaica Plain in Boston, but never got around to it.


So let me officially announce…

JP A to Z

All April long I will post a photo and a little bit of text (I’m keeping these short and sweet) about something in the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.  If you have anything you’d like to suggest, let me know in the comments or email me.  I’m looking forward to meeting and interacting with other participants in the A to Z Challenge and seeing what other people are posting this month.

Podcast of the Week: “Mosquitoes Must Die” from To The Best of Our Knowledge

First, the To the Best of Our Knowledge podcast “Mosquitoes Must Die” makes me think of Caephus from Jesus Christ Superstar.  “Must die, must die, mosquitoes must die!”

Second, to hear this series of experts seriously consider completely eradicating an entire species is astonishing.  There’s just so much hubris to consider that it would not have negative effects on ecosystems.  And I don’t even like mosquitoes.

Still, food for thought.