Book review: Banished by Phelps (2013)
Lauren Drain was 14 when her father, Steve Drain, moved his wife and two daughters from Florida to Topeka to join the Westboro Baptist Church. It was not an impulsive act. What had started as a documentary/expose film project (Steve received a master’s degree in film from Kansas University in 1997) morphed into a justification of t...Where the Post-Fifties Flock (2013)
No one wants to be a member of the AARP. No one who gets the ubiquitous invitation to join does so the first time around. No, we toss it in the trash because, darn it, we are not that old. Not yet. It took me years to not react with gut-denial, and even then I never got beyond a quick read of the newsletter, or lashing my me...Beyond Bourbon Street (2012)
So we're pedaling along on those comfy, wide-seat, fat-tire cruisers. We pass shotgun houses, double gallery homes, American-style townhouses and Creole townhouses. After 20 minutes I can tell you the difference between a Creole cottage and a raised centerhall (it starts with the roof pitch and columns) thanks to Jeff, our...The Keys to My Heart (2012)
Silhouetted against a setting sun is a street performer, a 60-plus, grey-pony-tailed, tightrope-walking-and-juggling comedian, who draws in an audience as surely as the moon brings in the tide. He is Will Soto, one of the fathers of this Sunset Celebration. Just steps away is another performer, Jeep, who does old-fashioned vau...