Thursday, August 2, 2012

Back Home Again . . .


Once again I have been out in the desert house-sitting and dog-sitting with Eva. I arrived back home last night and I have too many other things to do for me to think of something to seriously blog about. Maybe I will have something by tomorrow.



the act of confabulating;  conversation; discussion.
Psychiatry . the replacement of a gap in a person's memory by a falsification that he or she believes to be true.



Carroll O'Connor

Born Aug. 02, 1924
Died June 21, 2001

Carroll O'Connor (born John Carroll O'Connor) was an American actor, producer and director whose television career spanned four decades. Known at first for playing the role of Major General Colt in the 1970 movie Kelly's Heroes, he later found fame as the bigoted working man Archie Bunker, the main character in the 1970s CBS television sitcoms All in the Family (1971 to 1979) and Archie Bunker's Place (1979 to 1983). O'Connor later starred in the NBC/CBS television crime drama In the Heat of the Night from 1988 to 1995, where he played the role of southern Police Chief William (Bill) Gillespie. At the end of his career in the late 1990s, he played the father of Jamie Stemple Buchman (Helen Hunt) on Mad About You.

Myrna Loy
 Born Aug. 02, 1905
Died Dec. 14, 1993

Myrna Loy was an American actress. Trained as a dancer, she devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. She was originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, but her career prospects improved following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934). Her successful pairing with William Powell resulted in 14 films together, including five subsequent Thin Man films. In 1937, she was crowned the "Queen of Hollywood" by a nationwide poll.

James Baldwin

Born Aug. 02, 1924
Died Dec. 01, 1987

James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. Baldwin's essays, such as the collection Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, vis-a-vis their inevitable if unnameable tensions with personal identity, assumptions, uncertainties, yearning, and questing

Some Baldwin essays are book-length, for instance The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). His novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of not only blacks yet also of male homosexuals--depicting as well some internalized impediments to such individuals' quest for acceptance--namely in his second novel, Giovanni's Room (1956), written well before the equality of homosexuals was widely espoused in America.

Baldwin's best-known novel is his first, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953).


The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.

--James A. Baldwin

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