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I Saw the Light

By Bob on March 10, 2016 3:16 AM

It's been 52 years since a major film studio made a movie about the legendary Hank Williams. If you saw George Hamilton (no joke) in the original back in 1964, it can only mean one of two things: 1) The 60's didn't kill you, or 2) You REALLY like Hank Williams. I fall into category #2.

I Saw the Light releases March 25, 2016

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I Saw the Light, the latest iteration to illuminate the brilliant talent of Hank Williams stars Tom Hiddleston along with Elizabeth Olson (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Bradly Whitford (West Wing). We don't need to rehash Williams' credits here. The man was an effing genius who wrote more country classics than anyone before or since. 

Here's how George Hamilton did Hank back in 1964

This version is based on Colin Escott's award-winning biography and chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and his spectacular flame out. Hiddleston and Olson (the talented non-twin sister of Mary Kate and Ashley) are terrific partners in the biopic. It's curious casting - Hiddleston's a Brit - but he pulls off Williams' persona with eerie authenticity. He's spot on from beginning till end. 

I Saw the Light circa 2016 with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olson

If you're a fan of Hank Williams, country music or just great biographies, you'll enjoy I Saw the Light. It's a story about the dark side of fame, but with this cast it shines so brilliantly.

I Saw The Light

Release Date: March 25, 2016

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt 


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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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