Vote for the Best Caption




By the power invested in me by me, I’ve paired down the potential captions to the ones listed below.

Vote for your favorite by leaving your vote in the Comment section of this post or by emailing me your vote.

Voting ends Sunday at noon.

Undisclosed ‘prize’ to the winner.

Vote for One of the Following

1. “I want you to know that I will always be older and wiser than you are, and that I was first in this world!”

2. “I’ll eat you up; I love you so..”.

3. “When I say count to 20 when we play Hide and Seek, you count ALL the way to 20!

4. “You tell Aba and you’re a goner.” (Aba, Hebrew for father)

5. “Please don’t hurt me; I’ll be your bff and give you all my toys!”

6. “I warned you!! If you ever brought up the name Jeter again in this house…this was gonna happen!!”

7. “You might have me pinned now, but just wait until I get up! You’re gonna get it!”

8. Beginning the Dance of Brotherly (Love, Loyalty, Individuality and Survival)

9. “I told you to read the blog! JUST READ THE BLOG!”

10. “Yell all you want. I’m the baby!”

11. Ryan: “Red, Eli, we’re supposed to be wearing red – not blue – for #ChiefsKingdom”

12. “You may be Big Brother, and I may be Little Brother right now. But one day, when I am 2 inches taller than you and outweigh you by 16 pounds, you will be Elder Brother, and I will be Younger Brother.”

Should We Be Worried About Our Grandson(s)?

Readers of MillersTime know I enjoy offering contests of various types.

Today I am posting one that everyone can enjoy, with no need for any expertise at all.

I’m looking for the Best Caption for the photo below of grandson Eli, who is five, tho he looks enormous, as he plays with/looms over his 10-month old brother Ryan.


A few early entries (I first posted this on Facebook) might give you some ideas for your entry:

* “I warned you!! If you ever brought up the name of Jeter ever again in this house, this was going to happen.”

* “I’ll eat you up; I love you so…”

* “You gave our piggy bank to a guy named Bernie to invest?”

* “When I say count to 20 when we play Hide and Seek, you count ALL the way to 20!”

Prize to the winning entry.

Leave your entry in the comment section of this post, send it to me in an email or leave it on Facebook.

Winning entry will be decided by crowd sourcing (which in this case I think means I’ll put the final decision up to readers).

“The Goldfinch” and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction


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A dear friend with whom I often discuss books and many other topics wrote me the other day, upon hearing that Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch had just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, saying, “I guess that means we have to read it.”

At the time of her email, I was 82% finished with the almost 800 page novel (I knew that because my e-reader tells me how much I have read). I finished The Goldfinch the next morning and wrote back the following:

Too long.

Includes too much about stuff I don’t really need to know so much about (addictions, alcohol, drugs).

Needs to be at least 200 pages shorter (700+ pages in all).

Found myself forcing my eye down the page quickly numerous times.

Almost tossed it at several points.

Glad I didn’t.

With all its faults, there is enough of value to make it worth one’s time.

Especially the final 10%.

When I finally began to read it about a week ago, it was largely because one contributor to MillersTime Favorite Reads of the Year had put it in his list. Given its length, I wasn’t sure I wanted to devote that much time to one novel, but I carved out most of three or four days and began reading.

It read quickly, and I found myself engaged in the story. Then, about half way through, it began to drag, and I found myself skimming, mostly wanting to know (and fearing) what would happen to the main characters. Fortunately, I didn’t quit.

The Goldfinch is a story about grief, about art, about adolescence (and about a number of other stages of life), about friendship(s), about what’s important in life, about mother-son relationships, about father-son relationships, about decisions, disastrous and not so disastrous ones, it’s about the heart, about the mind. It asks the reader for some suspension of disbelief. And it asks for much of the reader’s time.

It’s also well written and has enough sense of mystery about the outcome of the characters that once begun, it carried me along.

Whether it deserves the Pulitzer for fiction more than its competitor, Philipp Meyer’s The Son, a lengthy four generation, historical saga about two Texas families, one white, one Mexican, I guess has been decided, at least by the Pulitzer judges. But I enjoyed The Son very much.

If you are looking for shorter novels, I have recently thoroughly enjoyed several other suggestions by MillersTime readers, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s Americanah, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Herman Koch’s The Dinner, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland, and a much older one, recently recommended, Stoner by John Williams.

Take a Kid to a Nats vs Cards Game for Free

Saw my first 2014 Nats’ game last night, a four hour (OK 3:56), 17 run, 25 hit, 18 strike out, three error, 364 pitch game won because the Marlins chose to intentionally walk Anthony Rendon to fill the bases and face Jason Werth, who responded with a grand slam home run.

A good ending to a long night filled with everything that is good and sometimes not so good about baseball.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to offer two terrific seats, fifth row behind the visitor’s dugout between home and third, for the Friday, April 18, 7:05 PM Nats vs Cards game.

I’ll be glad to donate them to someone who will take a young person to the game.

If no one wants to do that, I’ll sell the two for a total of $100.

The face price of the tickets is $80 per ticket. But since I pay $50 for them, I’m offering the two for a total of $100.

Let me know if you’re interested in either offer.

“The Rocket” – A Boy Cursed?


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The Rocket ****1/2

The screening of this film is what our Sunday morning Cinema Club does best: offers films that one is unlikely to see elsewhere but rewards the audience with a good drama, well told, that reveals life and struggles beyond our own, often narrow shores and brings to the screen unknown talent.

The Rocket tells a story of a young Laotian boy and his struggles to overcome the label of being cursed. Along the way, the audience is treated not only to a good drama but also to insights about a land cursed by war, the effects of war and the building of a dam.

The acting, especially by the two youngest characters, Ahlo and Kia, is terrific, but all the performances are good.

In some ways, The Rocket reminded me of Beasts of the Southern Wild, but I also liked it because it took me to a world I barely know and made that world more understandable.

You’ll have to look for this film, but if it shows up where you live, you’re in for an hour and a half treat.

For a short trailer, click on this YouTube link.

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Update – 4/13/14 – Our Cinema Club gave the film a rating of 94.57% (excellent/good) and 96.59% would recommend it to a friend. Also, if a friend suggests you see the Swedish film We Are the Best, you might want to reevaluate that friendship.

Best Birthday Pix Ever


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The story behind the picture:

Most folks who follow the Red Sox and keep an eye on the President thought that the Sox visit to the White House was to recognize the magical year my heroes had going from last to first. And most of the press focused on Papi taking a “selfie” with Obama.

However, I can reveal here on MillersTime that that was only part of the story.

My good friend and buddy Nelson, through his beisbol contacts, arranged for my two heroes (backed by the entire Red Sox team) to personally wish me a Happy Birthday.

How’s that for friendship?


Now That That’s Over…


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Now that we know the mighty Sox will not be 162-0 this season…

And now that 60 of you have responded to my incessant nagging to get in your 2014 MillersTime Baseball predictions (one-third of you doing so in the final 24 hours)…

We can proceed with the best six months (seven for some of us) of the year.

I’m listing below Washington Nationals’ games for which I invite friends, foes, fans and faux fans to join me for a game at no cost, save perhaps buying me a bag of peanuts and being captive to my baseball natterings for three hours.

These are just the games for April and May. Later, I’ll list some summer and September games.

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Two Good Reads, an Invitation & a Request


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Usually I don’t post much on this website about books I’m reading, saving any comments or reviews for the end of the year listing of Books Most Enjoyed by MillersTime Readers.

But I have just finished two books, one fiction and one nonfiction, that I particularly enjoyed, each for different reasons, and thus didn’t want to wait until December to write about them.

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The Best Article on Parenting Ever




I’m not referring to either of the recent Atlantic Monthly articles that seem to have opposite conclusions: Hanna Rosen’s Hey! Parents, Leave Those Kids Alone or Alfie Kohn’s The Over-Protected Kid.

I’m referring to a short New Yorker article entitled New Parenting Study Released with this opening paragraph:

A recent study has shown that if American parents read one more long-form think piece about parenting they will go fucking ape shit.

 Read it through yourself, being sure to get to the last couple of paragraphs.

The Shoe Changes Foot


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(or is it “The Shoe Changes Feet” ?)

On Monday, Nate Silver, formerly the data guru at the NY Times and now master of his own fate at his new website, posted the following:

 Senate Forecast: GOP Is Slight Favorite in Race for Senate Control

Numerous news reports, inside and outside the Beltway prognosticators, various columnists, politicians, and even bloggers have been saying something similar for the last several months.

But when Nate Silver, the guy who in the last Presidential race called every state’s result exactly right ahead of the vote, suddenly attention was paid.

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Unknown Knowns?


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Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) has made a documentary focusing on Donald Rumsfeld’s life in government, largely, though not exclusively, on his role as Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration.

(Morris’ The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, won an Academy Award as Best Documentary in 2003. I did not see it, but by many accounts it was an insightful, powerful film in which Morris was able to draw out McNamara about his role in the Vietnam War. One reviewer, Fred Kaplan, The Lies of The Fog of War, praised Morris for his ability to capture McNamara’s introspection, However, Kaplan also writes about the many “instances of McNamara’s mendacity” in that documentary.)

Along with Ellen and several friends, last night we saw a pre-release of Morris’ new film, The Unknown Known. If you plan to see this documentary, soon to be released nationwide, stop reading now as there are spoilers in what follows.

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“How like a winter hath my absence been from thee…”


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In Shakespeare’s 97th Sonnet, the narrator writes about his separation from his lover: “How like a winter hath my absence been/From thee…”

For some of us, this winter has been a particularly difficult absence from our love.

I speak, of course, of baseball.

But now we are closing in on Opening Day.

Check out the DGV Productions Winter in Fenway below for 2:59 seconds of merging winter, baseball, and Shakespeare.

It’s lovely.

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