Writing (Blog) - Jim Critcher
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Writing (Blog)

Every Advent Christmas collection must begin with Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. While the Hallelujah Chorus has sadly become a cliche, the scripture-rich telling of Jesus’ life and death accompanied by some of the most beautiful and inspired music ever composed never ceases to thrill me. One...

Capitalist tradition holds that the Friday following Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. This designation comes from the notion that the increased sales on this day bring the profit and loss status of a merchant to one of profitability - from red to black. Hence,...

Spain. Flamenco. The two words connect like New Orleans and jazz or Memphis and blues. I’ve seen and heard some fine flamenco song and dance in the States - Paco Pena for one - but have never experienced flamenco at its source. Last Saturday night...

I had a transforming moment recently. I had the misfortune of finding out what exactly is in my Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. I wish I hadn’t. Here we go. Apparently, Starbucks has some talented chemists and they do some amazing alchemy on this latte. Magic. They’ve...