Author Archives: awtraughber

Don’t You Forget about SHIELD

I mentioned earlier in the week that the most recent episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD found Mack and Deke trapped in the 1980s.  As with every episode of this season’s time-hopping shenanigans, the show makes good use of the … Continue reading

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Perspective and Timing

A wonderfully-rendered classic Calvin and Hobbes strip, I must say. (image from

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Remembering Places and Times

I have to say, as nice as it has been to find a cafe or restaurant to sit and read some, it’s been the return of background music.  Over the last few months, I haven’t listened to music much accept … Continue reading

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Building Brainpower

This premiere season of Stargirl has had an interesting pace storytelling-wise.  Most of the main characters have been at play from the beginning, though some in bits and pieces.  Some things haven’t happened yet (Courtney’s mom works for who?!) while … Continue reading

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The Highs and Lows of Summer

On some level, it seems like summer is over almost as soon as you get used to it.  And yet, while it lasts, it is good.  Not perfect, mind you, as Frazz reminds us this week.  Sure, you’ve got great … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Best: What’s at Steak

Finally got my good burger this morning.  A day late, for sure, but that’s okay.  Today’s Frazz tied America’s passion for the grill with the American Revolution.  An interesting juxtaposition for the day. (image from

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The Charlie Browniest of July 4ths

I mentioned a few posts ago that the classic Peanuts strip over at had Charlie Brown wearing a bag on his head while at summer camp . . . which worked out to his favor.  Well, a couple of … Continue reading

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That June/July Dynamic

Something about this July 4th-themed Frazz strip by Jef Mallett just gets something right about how July 4th works a certain kind of magic retroactively. A three-day weekend is rarely my friend, especially during the summer when things are warmer … Continue reading

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A Song That Blesses

This week there’s been one song in particular that has been a blessing to me as I cleaned my classroom and planned for next semester and walked through downtown Honolulu.  This is Mission House’s “Good God.”  It hits the right … Continue reading

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Serial Cliffhangers

This week has been one for television cliffhangers, at least with the two shows I’m watching “live” each week.  This week’s episode of Stargirl finally brought Courtney into a confrontation with Shiv, her ultimate teenage nemesis.  Needless it say, it … Continue reading

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