"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

A taste for movies

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • A River Runs Through It
  • High Noon
  • Shane
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Lincoln
  • The Way
  • Memphis Bell
  • Gettysburg
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Il Postino, The Postman
  • The Front Page
  • Harry Potter
  • Spotlight
  • Citizen Kane
  • Network
  • The African Queen
  • Bridge Over the River Kwai
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Dr. Zhivago
  • Saving Private Ryan