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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Healthy Geezer: Coconut oil advocates’ studies weigh in

Friday, January 17, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

Coconut oil is getting internet attention and with customers at health food stores because it seems effective in giving a boost to high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol.

There are several forces creating this phenomenon.

The coconut oil industry is working hard to win public favor.

There are scientists who are backing off from the damnation of coconut oil.

And there are vegans, who abstain from animal products. Many vegans...

Growing Green: The logarithms of fireplace logs

Friday, January 17, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Choosing firewood to burn in your fireplace or wood-burning stove is much like selecting any favorite item.

The fuel-wood connoisseur will want to choose his or her wood carefully and weigh his or her needs and tastes before building a fire.

Softwoods, like pine, spruce and fir, are easy to ignite because they are resinous. They burn rapidly with a hot flame.

However, since a fire built entirely of softwoods burns out quickly, it requires frequent attention and...

‘Stomp’ letting it all out at State Theatre, Easton

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

It’s a show with no dialogue and music with no instruments. It’s described as a combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. It has been seen all over the world, changing itself little by little since it was first staged nearly 30 years ago.

It’s “Stomp,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.

In scene after scene, its cast beats out rhythm on a variety of objects, which might include brooms, Zippo lighters, garbage cans, plastic bags,...

Picking Oscar nominees a successful challenge

Saturday, January 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

I don’t run cross country (as I did as a teen on the team at Southern Lehigh High School; badly, but I finished the races).

I don’t skateboard (as I did with my buddies down Main Street, Coopersburg, in a Halloween Parade back in the 1960s).

I don’t compete in demolition derbies (as I did twice at the Allentown Fair, first for an article for the Bethlehem Globe-Times and then for The Morning Call; in the second derby, I won Judge’s Choice).

What do you do at age 69 on...

Movie Review: ‘Women’ on the March

Saturday, January 18, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s called “Little Women,” not “Little Girls.”

The latest theatrical movie version of “Little Women” is directed by Greta Gerwig, who wrote the screenplay based on the novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).

Published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, the novel is about the journey from childhood to womanhood of the March sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth. The novel, which Alcott based on herself and her three sisters, was a commercial success and critically-...

Junior Watson at Godfrey’s: married to the blues

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

He may not be a household name, but he is revered by blues guitarists.

He recently received his fourth Blues Award nomination for Guitar Instrumentalist.

He has recorded with a long list of blues greats, and was a member of the iconic group Canned Heat for 10 years.

And he is fun to watch and listen to.

He is Junior Watson, in concert, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, where he appeared one year ago.

Watson plays effortlessly, without high...

Article By: Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com

Friday, January 10, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Oscars arrive early in 2020.

The 2020 Oscar nominees are scheduled to be announced at 8 p.m. (EST) Jan. 13. By then, the 2020 Golden Globes, to be presented Jan. 5, are history.

The Globes are often a predictor of Oscar nominees and recipients, as are key other awards programs, notably the Screen Actors Guild nominees and recipients.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 92nd Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2019 theatrical motion picture...

Article By: Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com

Friday, January 10, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Oscars arrive early in 2020.

The 2020 Oscar nominees are scheduled to be announced at 8 p.m. (EST) Jan. 13. By then, the 2020 Golden Globes, to be presented Jan. 5, are history.

The Globes are often a predictor of Oscar nominees and recipients, as are key other awards programs, notably the Screen Actors Guild nominees and recipients.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 92nd Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2019 theatrical motion picture...

Movie Review: All ‘Rise’ for ‘Star Wars IX’

Friday, January 10, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Star Wars” fans should be pleased.

The regular movie-goer should enjoy “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise Of Skywalker.”

I’m a “Star Wars” fan, but not a “Star Wars” devotee or expert. Michael “Movie Maven” Gontkosky, who accompanied me to the “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise Of Skywalker” screening, is a “Star Wars” aficionado, owning a copy of all eight “Star Wars” movies, and he will presumably own the latest, ninth edition, of “Star Wars” when it’s available for purchase....