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Movie Bars: This is Where Your Life Is

Movie Bars: This is Where Your Life Is

Released in 2015, Brooklyn is a Sundance film that was directed by John Crowley, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby that’s based on Colm Tóibín’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of a young Irish immigrant named Eilis (Ay-lish) Lacey, played so beautifully by Saorise (Ser-sha) Ronin, who also starred in last year’s critically acclaimed Ladybird. If you’ve seen the movie, you may be scratching your head right now trying to remember a bar scene. If you’re coming up empty, it’s okay because there isn’t one.

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Friday Musings: Demolition

Friday Musings: Demolition

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the song “Trouble Me” by the 10,000 Maniacs, in which I said that I thought it was one of the greatest songs ever written about relationships. One particular line in that post caught people’s attention, and I’ve had a number of conversations about it. I wrote, “Although our intentions may be good, keeping things that trouble us from the person we love will only end up

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Music and Cocktails: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

Music and Cocktails: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

You already know where I’m going with today’s post; in fact, you’re already singing along, right?? “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” was the lead track on the album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme in 1966, but it was not released as a single until 1968 after it had appeared on the soundtrack for the movie The Graduate. I didn’t become aware of this song until it was included as part of the Greatest Hits album, which I listened to on repeat during the summer of 1973. I was fascinated by the two interwoven

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Friday Musings: Transcendence

Friday Musings: Transcendence

Arriving at the idea behind today’s post has been something of a journey for me, but it’s one that I hadn’t realized that I’d embarked on until my thoughts suddenly became very familiar. I wanted to write about the way in which we take stock of our lives, and how we’ll know in the end whether we’ve fully been aware of life’s most important moments. What is the measure we should use? Since so much of our modern world is compiled on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, can we expect to find them

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Monday Masters: Igniting a Classic

Monday Masters: Igniting a Classic

I promised that when I had the opportunity to have a conversation with a great bartender, I’d write a Monday Masters post. Movie Bars will be back next week. I’ve been spending some time recently in Bordentown, NJ at a bar and restaurant called Marcello’s. I knew from the first time I met Andy Angellella that he was the kind of bartender that I absolutely love. For me, it all begins with the greeting and being made to feel comfortable. And important, as if I am the only person sitting at the bar, even

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