My most recent attack of employment has me away from the blogosphere, but I will take a moment to comment on Reese Witherspoon's Academy Award. Amid the dank, fetid air of most of this year's nominees ("Syriana," "Crash," and so forth) someone like Ms. Witherspoon is a breath of fresh air. Here's a brief Witherspoon bio. It's hard ever to know what movie stars are really like, but at least this one seems to be a normal person from a normal family with a reasonably healthy attitude about life. I hope that's who she really is, and that she lasts.