Passover and Easter, 2019


Chag Sameach (Joyous Festival) to my Jewish Friends and Have a Blessed Easter to my Christian Friends. I’m writing this on Saturday, April 20th, the Second Day of Passover and the Middle Day of Easter Season, 2019.

As I understand it, Passover is a 8 Day Festival that brings people and especially Families together at Seder Dinner to “retell” the story of the Miracle of G/d’s Delivering the people of Israel from their long period of Slavery in Egypt over 3,000 years ago.


Easter is a 3 Day period of time that brings friends and Families together to remember the planned and voluntary Sacrifice and Death of Jesus, His burial and His resurrection which Deliver His believers from their bondage to sin.


Jews and Christians have so much in common. We are the only people in Creation who Worship the One, True, Living G/d. The Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Those of us who take our faith seriously believe in a G/d who cares for and loves us. One who gave us the system of “Sacrifice” that provides for the forgiveness of our sin. For without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.


We derive the basics of our Faith from a Book that was written thousands of years ago, almost exclusively by Jews, as G/d moved them to think and write. He told us to continually remind our Children of the things He has done for us – not the things we have done for Him. Our Jewish friends read the Torah, Psalms, Proverbs and the Prophets that point to the Day when Messiah will come to Save us. My Christian friends read those same books and we believe Messiah has come and is coming again.


In Isaiah 55: 8 to 13 we read: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”

A Mother’s Concerns for Life’s Expectations placed on her Daughter


Friend, let me start by saying that if you don’t have a Daughter or a Grand Daughter or a young female relative or friend you care deeply about, reading my thoughts today is going to be too long for you and isn’t going to be moving or interesting or important.

These are Uncle Larry’s thoughts about a Country Music group called “Little Big Town” and their new soon to be big hit and introspective song by Karen Fairchild, who is herself a mother, Titled “The Daughters” 
If you got this far and you like music  I encourage you to open the link immediately below this sentence and listen to the song “The Daughters” – performed by two Moms to their Daughters. https://www.billboard.com/video/little-big-town-about-2019-academy-of-country-music-awards-on-billboard0y-sourceflv-8506064
If you aren’t sure about the lyrics and would like to read them just open this link. I opened them both with no issues.https://lyricsfa.com/2019/04/05/little-big-town-the-daughters-lyrics/

Having had only one Son, Marty and I are not personally and experientially aware of the pressures and expectations placed on “Daughters” as they grow into young women. This song really hit a chord with my spirit and I would like to share a few thoughts with you – one being the potentially controversial line Karen Fairchild sings “I’ve heard of God the Son and God the Father – I’m still looking for a God for the Daughters.”

Songs are often meant to stir people’s hearts and minds on a subject close to the Artist themselves. It seems fairly obvious this mother (Karen Fairchild) has strong feelings about the expectations society puts on young women. I think it’s fair to say she is asking the question, will God be there for her daughter?

It may also be that the Way God chose to reveal himself to us – His creation – as The Father, The Son and later The Holy Spirit – brings a certain sense of “maleness” to God. It’s my personal view that at the time Scriptures were written Society was considerably different than today. The “nuclear family” with a father who provided leadership to the family he remained with was an example the people who lived at that time could relate to. The first born son in those families was loved by the father and was given a greater portion of the inheritance. I can’t begin to know why “The One, True, Living God” chose to reveal himself in this way. It may be so that the people who lived at that time could relate to what He was saying.

I do know this! In Genesis 5:8 God through Moses said: “When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.” There are three important points I see here: 1. God created the male and female in His likeness. 2. God blessed both the male and the female. 3. God collectively called the male and the female “Mankind.”

In my eyes this passage tells me that when God sees men and women he sees them as having his likeness or characteristics – they are equally blessed by Him and both make up what God calls “Mankind” – hence not discriminating one against the other.

Personally it helps me to think of all this in the light of Isiah 55:8 where God through a man named Isaiah says; “My thoughts are not your thoughts, says The Lord, and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” In the Uncle Larry Living Loosely Translation it says “God’s thoughts are so deep and spectacular and eternal that even if God told us exactly what He was thinking and planning we wouldn’t have a stinking chance of understanding it.

Recently a strong Christian female friend of mine offered the thought that one day in Eternity we may find that our God, who is not limited in any way, has all the best attributes of both his creations, Male and Female!

Here is something I do believe and know from Scripture. At just the right time The Son took upon flesh and dwelt among us as the only begotten son of the Father. Thus if I want to get an idea or a good look at what God thinks about something the logical thing to do is to look at the life of the Son, The Christ, the man named Jesus. 

My suggestion to the Artists who sing this song and to anyone who has questions about God’s view of women and their daughters is to simply look at the life of “The Son.” In Jesus time on earth over 2,000 years ago society degraded women and often treated them more like their property that partners. Yet Jesus, “The Son” showed respect and loving kindness to women and set the example all male believers should follow. 

How did The Son treat women? Jesus only had three years of public Ministry. Yet in that short period of time Jesus placed a great deal of emphasis, respect, concern and compassion on women. The examples are far too many for me to cover them all but here are just a few. 

Let’s start with when they were young. In Matthew 19:13 and 14 we read of a day when our Lord and the Disciples had been busy with Ministry and a group of children gathered around Jesus. Matthew writes: “One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.” Jesus loves the little children!

Later in Matthew’s account of Jesus life in chapter 25 we read of Christ, The Son, teaching about the “Final Judgement” at the End of the Age. He says all the people who ever lived will be gathered into two groups – those on his left and those on his right. He says to those on the right come into the Kingdom that I have prepared for you. Why? In verse 40 we read: “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Then he says to the group on the left depart from me you cursed generation. Why? In verse 45 we read: “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

Jesus showed compassion to both male and female children. At the Final Judgement He will separate the sheep from the goats based on what people did to help His Brothers and Sisters.

Who was the first woman in Christ life? His mother, Mary. Jesus loved His Mother. In John 2 we read about the first public miracle which came as a result of Jesus showing respect for His Mother and doing what she asked. Three years later as He hung on the Cross of Calvary in physical and Spiritual agony, we read how Jesus showed His love for His Mother and told his best friend John – behold your Mother and care for her.

While most of the attention on Jesus followers and disciples is given to the 12 Apostles it was a seldom mentioned woman, Mary Magdalene, who traveled with them and provided financial support. Another Mary and her sister Martha and brother Lazarus were disciples, friends and supporters of “The Son.” Just before Christ’s death it was this Mary who took her most valuable possession – a vial of expensive perfume and anointed Jesus for his pending death. A service that Jesus thanked her for by telling her that her act of kindness would be recorded and remembered for all time. 

At a time when Jews would not mix with their neighbors to the North, the Samaritans, Jesus purposely went right through their land to meet the “Woman at the well.” Though He knew she was a woman of ill repute He treated her with respect and offered her the living water that only He could give.

One day a “woman with an issue of blood” was desperate for healing. She had spent all she had on Doctors and in faith one day she followed Jesus and touched the hem of His garment and she was healed. He stopped and asked “who touched me?” As the Son of God He no doubt knew who it was but he wanted to interact and encourage her. Jesus took the time to talk with this “unclean woman” and treated her with further kindness as he told her to “go in peace, your faith has made you whole.”

On another occasion, though he was obviously busy Jesus took the time to heal “the daughter” of Jarius. 

I could go on but my personal favorite is the story of a group of religious men, who dragged a woman they had caught in the act of adultery, before Jesus one morning. The Old Testament Law was clear – “stoning” was the punishment for her sin. They sought to test Jesus to see if he would agree, support the Law and have her stoned. I am moved as I think of how Jesus did not confront them but simply knelt down and wrote some things on the ground. One by one they all dropped their stones and walked away. While the unnamed woman trembled, no doubt expecting the worse, Jesus spoke to her and ask a simple question. Where are your accusers who condemn you? She looked around and said they are gone – to which Jesus replied then I don’t condemn you either. Go in Peace. Can you imagine the peace she took with her as she walked away from yet another act of kindness by “The Son” to one of but many women Jesus showed respect, concern and shared the Love of “The Father.”

I know this has been a long read. I hope these examples taken from the life of Jesus will show you The Father and his likeness the Son love and always respect women, young and old.

Personally I like the group Little Big Town. I don’t judge Karen Fairchild for asking where is The God of “The Daughters?” Like all of us that “once were blind but now we see” I hope she too will examine the life of “The Son” and how He offers her and her daughter His Love and Peace.

Uncle Larry

Captain Marvel – Worth Seeing if you are PATIENT


Marty and I haven’t seen a movie in so long we broke down and saw Captain Marvel today. The good news is there were only about 10 people there for the 3:10 showing. If you have been waiting to see it on the big screen now is the time. On the other hand I can’t say I discourage you from waiting for home rental.

If I were a pimply faced 15 year old with a thick head of red hair, slicked back with pomade into a duck tail – oh wait – that was me 58 years ago – I would have enjoyed all of this film. As a 74 year old that didn’t grow up on fake computer movies I found the first hour and a half slow and bathroom break worthy. The last half hour was very good and it ended with a “bang!”

I don’t know Brie Larson but any decent actress who looks good in a Captainess Marvel suit would have sufficed. Samuel L. Jackson was excellent as always. I like him on screen despite his politics. My favorite supporting actor was “The Cat” and you should keep any eye on him.

I understand “Marvel Productions” had to “introduce” us to Captain Marvel but it took so long to make the introduction. They probably figure with the cost of doing a film today and the potential for a sequel so what if the folks who see the first one have to be patient.

Sara McLachlan – Very Talented


If you are reading this and you don’t know Sarah McLachlan please send me a reply so I don’t feel like the only person who doesn’t. Tony and his Fiancee Jenna were planning a trip for her to come down and they saw Sara McLachlan was in WPB performing at The Kravis Center and they got all excited about seeing her. We found two sets of two seats that someone had returned and off we go.

She describes herself as a singer songwriter who finds “joy in sadness and depression” and brings that to her music. On several occasions she playfully mocked her music for never being upbeat or joyful.

As a 51 year old vocalist she has real pipes and tremendous range. Marty said she is an excellent pianist and it seemed to me that the concert Grand Piano she was playing was responding to her fingers with restrained effort. Early in her set she played a wired acoustic guitar and brought it to life. Later on she broke out an electric guitar and showed she can really pick. As an entertainer she did a 90 minute set and followed it with two encores with no break and only one woman who played cello and guitar and harmonized occasionally when it seemed appropriate.

Her respite came in the little talks she gave in between songs sharing her motivation and giving us a window into her mind. Her words painted a picture of a strong woman, daughter of two girls she really loves, a determined feminist and a moderate humanist. Regarding the political scene she had very little negative to say and spoke like a child of the sixties that wanted us to all find love and harmony – like she finds in her music.

The Kravis Center was sold out and it was filled with far more women than men and they responded with applause and shouts at almost any song or story she told.

About an hour into the concert I had only heard one song I knew (I will Remember You) and despite the sincerity and energy she put into her performance every song began to sound like the ones before to my untrained ear. 

If you are a fan of Sarah you should go and see her if she comes to your area. She is a real professional and puts on an almost one woman show. 

If not, I’d say don’t download her music but every now and then ask Alexa to play “I will remember you” – enjoy it and avoid the crowd and paying twenty bucks for valet parking:)

Horses for Courses – III Forks Restaurant On the PGA Corridor


Marty and I celebrated our 50 Wedding Anniversary at Cafe L’Europe in December and this being our 50th Valentine’s Day we decided to take the reins of our “Price Pony” for the night. We have a good friend who recently lost her husband and we thought it good for her to spend the occasion with company. Good company in Marty’s case anyway. Our friend doesn’t eat fish so we chose to make our once a decade trip to the popular but expensive steak place on the PGA Corridor “III Forks.”

We have friends who think the sun rises and sets on III Forks. I can see that if you want to stay in North County and “Wet Aged Prime” steaks are your thing and you have a “Price Stallion” rather than our “Price Pony” its a good choice. That said, when I sit down to write one of these restaurant reviews I have the broader dining public in mind. The categories I always consider are: Food Quality, Service, Ambience, Full Bar and Wine Offerings, Variety of Entree Choices across the Protein Groups, Small Plates, Desserts, Location, Anything Special that appeals to us and of course our “Price Pony.”

We had a lovely evening and very much enjoyed the wet aged Prime 8 oz Filet at $42 and their Prime Boneless 22 oz Ribeye at $60. All three of our steaks were cooked exactly as we ordered. We opened with a house salad at $11 and two Lobster Bisqsue at $12 each. Like many “Steak Joints” the meat comes naked so we ordered the Sauteed Spinach at $10 and Six Cheese Potato at $11. We had three glasses of wine and shared one dessert. Our bill for three diners with a 20% Gratuity was $325. Our “Price Pony” bucked a little but we knew it coming in and after all it was Valentine’s Day.

How then would I rate and or rank III forks? Please take a look back at the categories above I always consider. If you love Wet Aged, Prime Steak – want to be local and have a “Price Stallion” I’d say this is a good choice.

On the other hand let’s consider two other dining options within 50 yards of III Forks: Bonefish and JAlexander’s. If you like steak III Forks ranks number one of these three local restaurants by a wide margin. However, once you get past the steak – which is easy for me – Bonefish and JAlexander’s would equal or exceed III Forks in each of my other categories – especially price.

My conclusion and recommendation is simple. If you want top quality wet aged steaks and can afford it III Forks is a good choice for you. If you prefer a restaurant that equals it in all other regards for much less money Bonefish, JAlexanders and several other restaurants on the PGA corridor will give you just as enjoyable an evening and leave you with something for the light bill.

Options: Let’s say you are blessed to have a “Price Stallion” and are open to other choices I think the food is better at 1000 North in Jupiter and the ambience is superb. The creativity, choices and quality at Cafe Chardonnay is better and if you like Dry Aged meat Capital Grill’s ambience and service is superior. If you are willing to drive to Palm Beach there are a dozen of finer quality restaurants in this price range.

At the end of the day and this review I just can’t get fired up about III Forks but then again I’m not really a steak kind of guy.

Cold Pursuit – Get’s a B+ from The Stephens Family


OK, I know what you are thinking! You know the film starts Liam Neeson so it must have a revenge plot. Correct. You assume he plays the “Good Guy.” Correct, in fact right off he is being given an award as Kehoe, Colorado’s “Man of The Year.” You assume that someone he loves gets killed in the beginning of the film. Correct again. You assume that shortly into the film Liam, AKA “Nels” finds and kills three of them. Correct, how did you know it was three in the first round of killing? You are doing so well.

You assume that Liam makes a calm and collected plan to get to the man who ordered the hit and continues his killing spree until all the bad guys are dead. Wrong. I’m so disappointed you didn’t see a plot twist coming. That’s OK neither did we. At this point the plot thickens – two diverse groups of “players” enter the drama and the “Dark Humor” begins. I won’t say anymore about the plot except that it was interesting – the violence always felt justified to us and the director assumes you may have forgotten how many bad guys have been erased so he keeps score for you.

We were entertained throughout – I was never bored and not once thought of taking a potty break. Other than Laura Dern, I would have to Google the film to know who the supporting cast is but they all did a nice job. My personal favorite was the Indian Chief.

Did you assume there was a frantic vehicle chase at the end with one last surprise death – done in both an unexpected and darkly funny way? Correct again? Give yourself a B+ for your correct answers and if you are OK with violence and the occasional spilling of blood check out “Cold Pursuit.”

PS – Save yourself some time and don’t Google Kehoe, Colorado to see if you have been there. It was filmed in Canada.

Aquaman – If 20,000,000 people in the USA and Canada have paid to see this film there is hope that old, white bald men are soon going to be in vogue and hot!


Marty and I have been reading all the hype about Aquaman so we got tickets for today’s 4:30 showing. Right off let me say that I enjoyed the ads and the previews as much as the film itself. At least the ads and previews were over quickly. I missed an important factor in judging a film before you see it. If the running time is 2:22 – which added up is a total of 6 – and I think we all know who the number 6 represents – buckle up and get ready to exercise some real patience.

Aquaman was part cartoon, comic book, computer graphics, way too many sub plots, cheesy characters and dialogue. Aquaman himself had more lives than all the feral cats East of the Mississippi. The volume was over the top loud. Our “local” friends will understand when I say the volume for this film was so loud it made the Christ Fellowship Praise and Worship Music seem like the “mute” button was on.

The plot was as mish-mashed as a potato grinder. It was a combination of Samson, Jonah and the Whale, big men with Mommy issues and more characters on the screen at the same time – if you count sea creatures – than I could keep track of. I swore the film came to an end three or four times only to finally wind down to what can mercifully be described as thank goodness this is over.

If there are 20,000,000 North Americans that walked out of the theater thinking this was really entertaining then I am encouraged because anything is possible – including hopefully a come back for old, over weight, white bald men.

The Stephens Family went 0 – 1 and 2 for the Christmas Movie Week


The Stephens family saw three films during Christmas. One we recommend for home viewing and or taking your grand children to see and the other two films are definitely wait for home viewing unless you value history over entertainment.

Mary Poppins came out originally in 1964. Apparently at age 19 I was considerably more innocent and easy to entertain than today. I will say both the leading female and male actors did a splendid job but it wasn’t enough to stave off the sheer boredom of the first hour and fifteen minutes. The film finished on a high note but not high enough for me to recommend it to adults. On the way out we saw our friend Pam and she was so excited and thought it was better than the original. In full disclosure Pam is one of the most enthusiastic people I know. So if you are innocent and enthusiastic and or have younger children or grand children (PG) take them for a family outing. Otherwise wait for home viewing.

Mary Queen of Scots. I can’t believe this slow, tedious and often confusing attempt at History opened in the theater. Netflix or Amazon is where this belongs so you can get up and walk around and talk with friends or your family if you are into that kind of thing. The acting by the two leading ladies was very good but other than that this film is a dog – meaning no offense to Scottish Terriers.

Tony really likes the actors in Vice and he thought they did great work in their roles. That said he texted me half way through the film and said Dad don’t see this film until its on home viewing. He found it boring and from his review it sounded like a good history lesson if you are doing a term paper on the Bush era but did not qualify as entertaining.

Sa-Lute To Excellence


Marty and I went to Sa-Lute in the Summer “off season” here in S FL and we chose them for my 73rd Birthday because we really liked them earlier and wanted to see how they are doing “in season.” We shared the evening and the bill with our friends Mike and Joanne and we all had a wonderful time. We are glad to report the food and service was even better than before and we learned a few things we want to share with you.

The food was excellent and is also very good value for the PGA Corridor. For “Apps” the four of us shared an order of the Meat Balls ($11) with a generous portion of tomato sauce and the Stuffed Dates ($9). Both the Meat Balls and Stuffed Dates came with four portions so we each had a large, moist and tasty meat ball with plenty of sauce to go around. We all had a rich and tasty stuffed date so for $20 total we had plenty of food to keep us going while we talked and read the menu.

One thing we learned is the very customer friendly “Wine Pricing.” Each bottle on their list is priced at competitive retail prices with only a fifteen dollar or so “Corkage Fee.” The combination of which was very good value for us. We were leaning towards the Salmon and all enjoy Chardonnay. We looked at the Sonoma Cutrer at $26 plus a $15 corkage fee for $41. We almost order it but then we spotted one of our favorites – Rombauer Chard for $42 plus a $15 corkage fee or $57 total – much less than we can get it in a restaurant in North County. We couldn’t resist the Rombauer at this price and had two bottles before the night was over.

For our entrees we had and highly recommend the Short Ribs, Salmon and Filet (straight up without anything added.)

Once again we had an excellent dining experience at a price we can afford. Mike, Joanne, Marty and I all highly recommend Sa-Lute Market to you for a friendly environment – good service and food and excellent wine values.

A Star is Born – Stretching the Full Range of Human Emotion


“A Star is Born” for me personally resonated with the full range of my emotions. I laughed – I held Marty’s hand and shared the love and support so evident as portrayed by the leading and supporting cast –  I rejoiced in the fulfillment of personal dreams and insecurities overcome – I twitched in my chair and became uncomfortable as the twine of their lives began to unravel and I was moved with “Ally’s” closing scene in the film.

It was a sparse crowd for the 3:15 showing today but when Lady Gaga’s closing song ended no one moved as they showed the main credits using out takes from the film. You would have thought it was a full house with the clapping and comments from our fellow viewers.

Asking an amateur like me to “rate” this Film is like asking the creation to give a grade to the Creator. The male and female leads earned their chops and laid it all on the line as they drew us in to the lives of the descending and ascending characters, Jack and Ally.

Bradley Cooper was amazing. He was the Director, Male Lead and a fully accredited “P.G.A.” – a “Mark from the Producers Guild of America, which indicates the credited producer performed a majority of the producing duties is the film.” Lady Gaga earned her chops as a lead Female Actor as she ever so naturally allowed me to believe I was watching a struggling young Italian singer/song writer filled with insecurities get her break and then faithfully, but firmly “stand by her man.”

As I look back at this film the thing that impresses me the most is how two Professionals in the entertainment industry at the peak of their careers crossed over from their primary craft and were both impressive in their new roles. Bradley, in my view, is one of our finest Actors. I will never forget his portrayal of Chris Kyle in “American Sniper.” He brings even more emotion and vulnerability to this role. What blows my socks off from what I read is he actually sang his own songs and played the instruments. Lady Gaga never let me think of her as anyone but but the up and coming hit artist “Ally” and a young woman who falls in love with “Jack” and supports him to the bitter end.

The supporting cast was in the background but excellent. Sam Elliott, one of my favorite actors played the strong supporting brother of Jack. I had no idea until I got home that Andrew Dice Clay was Ally’s Father and filled all my expectations of a strong Italian Father. Finally you could have bowled me over with a feather to see that Dave Chapelle played the role of the supportive next door neighbor from Jack’s past.

OK – I have to wrap this up. I have two suggestions for you:

1. If you only see one movie in the theater this year make it this one – “A Star is Born.”
2. Go with someone you love!

Larry