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I’m pretty omni-movirous, meaning I like a variety of movies, so long as they’re moderately plausible and the stories are well told. There are not many genres I avoid, really — given that I want a good plot and don’t want to suspend disbelief like a hangman working overtime. So when we put Water in our Netflix queue, I’m sure the review looked good to me, but the reality, when I sat down to watch it, was different.

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I recently read J’s post on attempting to cook butternut squash to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. (It came out very sweet.) I commented that Mrs. Ombud has a good butternut squash recipe, which I’ll be enjoying once again for T-Day when celebrated down here. The full title of the recipe is “Butternut Squash Gratin with Onions and Sage”; so here it is, J. I like squash, tho’ generally not as much as my wife does, but if all veggie dishes came out this well I might be tempted to do the right thing and eschew the turkey, too. If you opt to try it, let me know what you think.

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 One of the worst things about living in the U.S. of A. for the last 28 years has been the glorying in selfishness and greed.

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My friend G is a big Frank Lloyd Wright fan, as is my wife. I liked the house, too, especially for all its unique features, the clever corner windows, cube upon cube, which open out to let in the breeze on hot days. Given the cookie cutter Levittown reality of post-war ranch house suburban America, it would be great if more of us could enjoy the unique features Wright built into this house in adapting it to the terrain. Yet I’m not quite as gung-ho on Wright as G and Mrs. Ombud are.

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