Celebrity Death Watch: To finish off 2016, Huston Smith was a religious scholar and wrote an important book on the subject of world religions. Tyrus Wong was the lead artist on the Disney film, Bambi. William Christopher was an actor, best known for playing father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H.
To start 2017, John Berger wrote Ways of Seeing, a very influential book on art and the basis of a BBC television series.
Quarterly Movies: 2016 wasn’t much of a movie-going year, I guess. I only saw two movies this past quarter. The first was Next Year in Jerusalem, an interesting low-budget film about a young Orthodox Jewish man coming to terms with his homosexuality, while his cousin, who has been living the gay life in lower Manhattan reconnects to his Jewish identity. I thought it had some good things to say about identity and family.
The other movie, seen in an actual cinema on Christmas Day, was Jackie. I have to say I did not much care for it, alas. It was focused too closely on the short period of time right after JFK’s assassination and, thus, did not really provide enough perspective on what about Jackie shaped her reactions.
Graze Box #16
This box was all repeats, so I’ll keep comments brief. It also came a full week late, for which I blame the post office at holiday times.
Kettlecorn Kern Pops: This consists of partially popped corn kernels with a sweet and salty coating. It has 130 calories. I like the texture and the taste is okay, but I prefer the more savory flavors of kern pops.
Snickerdoodle Dip: This cookie flavored dip with cinnamon pretzel sticks has 150 calories. It is delicious – one of my favorite Graze snacks.
Original Protein Flapjack: This is one of the rolled oat soft granola bars that Graze does so well. This particular variety has flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. It has 260 calories, but with 8 grams of protein, at least it is comparable to (if not better than) store-bought granola bars. Golden syrup is the key to the flavor of these, which made a good lunch for an inconveniently-scheduled flight.
Sesame Garlic Crunch: This consists of garlic sesame sticks, oat bran sesame sticks, and multigrain soy rice crackers. It has 140 calories. The oat bran sesame sticks are particularly good. Overall, this is a tasty savory snack.
Peanut Butter & Jelly: This is a mixture of baked salted peanuts, raspberry fruit strings, and vanilla fudge squares. It has 220 calories and 7 grams of protein. The fudge doesn’t really contribute much of anything as far as I’m concerned. The best part is the raspberry fruit strings. It’s a tasty combination, at any rate.
Cinnamon Pretzel: Poppyseed pretzels plus cinnamon and honey glazed almonds make a tasty sweet mix. At 140 calories this doesn't feel too damaging a treat. Though, really, I admit that the pretzels are superfluous.
Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Topper: This has cocoa granola, chopped hazelnuts, freeze-dried cherry pieces, and soy protein crisps. And 150 calories. Overall, it’s a nice crispy addition to plain yogurt, with a strong cocoa flavor. The cherry flavor is pretty subtle, which makes it blend in well. Very good.
Malaysian Laksa: This is a somewhat spicy coconut broth, with a side snack of chili and lime cashes and coconut flakes. It has 140 calories.