Parker Picks the Oscars

      I really do love film and movies. I’ve been drawn to this area of expression for many years, and even dabbled in college in a screenplay writing class.  I’ve still got a couple screenplay ideas and skeleton drafts out there, but for now, I’m just an admirer of the silver screen and those involved in putting really impressive products together for our enjoyment and reflection. I’ll pick this year’s Oscars here.  Below is my ballot with my girlfriend’s picks included (mine are red, hers are purple), and any picks we agreed on are in green.   Advertisements Continue reading Parker Picks the Oscars

Feb. 19 Schedule Summary – 2014 Winter Olympics

Huge day in Sochi today: 12 p.m.:  US Men’s Hockey must beat the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals to advance in the tournament (we’ve lost 5 straight to CZE), that’s at noon. 11:15 a.m.: Women’s bobsled medal runs begin and USA is sitting 1-3 right now. 10 a.m.: The ladies figure skating short program, where we have Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner who could contend with the Russian phenom Yulia Lipnitskaya for medals. 8:30 a.m.: Speedskating 9:30 a.m.: Biathlon Curling is ongoing, though Team USA won’t medal after poor showings. Continue reading Feb. 19 Schedule Summary – 2014 Winter Olympics

By the Numbers: A Spotlight on Sochi

With the first images of Sochi coming across our television sets, millions the world over have gotten a glimpse at a Russia we’ve never known existed. Of course the frozen Siberian tundra and pop culture images from James Bond films, and the World War II/Cold War eras are conjured. But we forget that it’s 2014 and Russia is the largest country in the world – its borders span farther south than the frigid Arctic Circle. When the city of Sochi placed its bid in 2007 for the XXII Olympic Winter Games, it promised the world a new Russian experience. Here’s … Continue reading By the Numbers: A Spotlight on Sochi

Horsing Around: Equestrian Events Explained with 2012 Results

BY: BRITTANY FISHER, DVM CANDIDATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE Famed American rider McLain Ward, recovering from a broken kneecap injury from January, rides Antares in the Equestrian Jumping event August 7 in London. (Source: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe) Editor’s Note:  I know next to nothing about equestrian events other than they feature horses. That’s why I outsourced my equestrian coverage to Brittany Fisher, a former schoolmate of mine from Ocean Springs who is an avid, long-time horselover and equestrian competitor. She is currently studying for her DVM at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. Consider this … Continue reading Horsing Around: Equestrian Events Explained with 2012 Results