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Return to Emerald City

When I was a young child of 5 or 6 one of the great annual television events of my life -- and those of many other children my age -- was the return of "The Wizard of Oz." It was an event with a capital "E." and why not? After ...

By Kathy Ursprung

March 10, 2013 4:37 p.m. read more..

Budget Thrills

If you're into competition on a budget, mower racing is a great place to start. Those ubiquitous machines that help us keep the yard looking good can be turned into a low cost hobby compared to most other motor sports. With classes for juniors and adults and stockers to fully ...

By RickUrsprung

March 9, 2013 7:19 a.m. read more..


"Don't shoot, don't shoot!" I took this photo while shooting a police training exercise, one designed to teach officers how to quickly take out an "active shooter." It was in an old school building and involved a lot of noise and gunfire, with participants shooting each other with small caliber rounds of paint. ...

By Mark Gibson

February 21, 2013 10:13 a.m. read more..

Motorsports in the blood

To many, motorsports aren't just a passing fancy, their a way of life. Driving fast legally can be as addictive as any drug and the effects can last for hours or days, bringing a smile to the most passive of faces. The focus of this blog is to bring news ...

By RickUrsprung

February 15, 2013 6:09 p.m. read more..

"Parker" is classic Statham

Columbia Cinemas has three new movies ("Identity Thief," "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "Parker" on the bill this weekend, plus a couple of well-regarded hold-overs in "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Life of Pi." We chose "Parker" starring Jason Statham because it's something we can all agree on. The movie ...

By Kathy Ursprung

February 10, 2013 9:46 a.m. read more..


A football, popcorn and the remote

Stuck here at home with a cold. There will be no multiplex for me this weekend. I dislike the folks who cough and sneeze and sniffle their way through a movie, making me feel like I should be wearing a hazmat suit. I refuse to be one of them. But ...

By Kathy Ursprung

February 2, 2013 6:06 p.m. read more..

Water, baby, or water baby?

I wrote the original version of this post Nov. 22, 2012, on I've added a bit more for publication here: Sometimes I think I am part otter. I think I could live my entire life In the water. When I was young, i used to look forward every summer ...

By Kathy Ursprung

February 1, 2013 7:18 a.m. read more..

"Lincoln" comes through

I may not have been the last person to see "Lincoln," but it feels like it. I finally had a chance to see why Spielberg's film reeled in a dozen Academy Award nominations to lead the field. Momentous events in world history all too often turn to dust on the ...

By Kathy Ursprung

January 28, 2013 5:01 p.m. read more..

Movie reviews, a no-brainer

You have probably seen me at the movie theater before. I am there most weekends sitting in the dark, escaping into a rough and tumble action movie, pulling out a tissue for the moving ending of some sports movie, even singing along in my head to one of the few ...

By Kathy Ursprung

January 28, 2013 4:29 p.m. read more..


Don't call me a dieter

I don’t pretend to be an expert on weight loss or health care in any way, but I have interviewed a lot of people on the subject and come away with a lot of information. Couple that with the fact that I am pretty much a life-long struggling dieter — ...

By Kathy Ursprung

January 28, 2013 9:08 a.m. read more..

Blogging badly better then not blogging at all

This is a test. The bold tool is used to create bold copy. Select the word you want bold and click on bold button. The italic tool is used to create italic copy. Select the word you want italic and click on italic button. The link tool is used to ...

By Mark Gibson

October 5, 2012 4:56 p.m. read more..

Spring creek For a few weeks this spring I set up an aquarium on the banks of a local stream, with stream flow through the aquarium using two siphon hoses. I added several tiny trout, including a small fingerling that ventured into a crawfish trap nearby, and a sculpin. These ...

By Mark Gibson

September 9, 2012 1:08 p.m. read more..


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