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Friday, September 2, 2016

It works, sort of...

Dave Barry, one of my literary heroes and the guy who is making all the money I should have made if I were only a few years earlier and a lot funnier, once wrote a great piece called “Snuggle Bear Must Die.” Basically, it was a hilarious screed about the commercials we all loved to hate back in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Armchair quarterbacks...

One thing I really love about the Internet is how modern technology has made it possible for so many experts to provide instant advice on any subject. Lucky us. The latest is this incident at the Cincinnati Zoo, during which a four year old child managed to get into the enclosure that houses the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Let the colors fly...

I have two large flags I will be displaying this week. Pretty pieces of cloth, indeed, few things are more beautiful than the flag of this country, but the threads that form them and hold them together are threads that run through me, connect me and keep me somewhat centered. These are my father’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Oh boy! Trophies for Everybody!

As always, I vacillate between disgusted and amused. I try to find humor in pretty much everything but even I have to admit – with apologies to Steve Miller – it just keeps getting tougher every day. The latest thing to make me go “huh?” was an article I foolishly clicked on about a study on air... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How did Oscar ever snub this...

Ray Davies once said, “Everybody’s a dreamer, everybody’s a star, and everyone is in movies, it doesn’t matter who you are.” While I doubt he was talking about the collective stage and screen career of we the collective moiling herd, the song did put me in mind of my one shot at the silver screen,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Simple answers...

There comes a time when you find yourself just kind of over everyone and everything. I’m rapidly approaching that time. I think it’s because I never really cared about most of the things people are shrieking about these days and I’m way past the point of being willing to listen to it. I am convinced... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Roadmap to Easy Street

Is the American Dream dead? Are the rags to riches myths just that? Well, it depends on your definition. Personally, I’m afraid the old saw of working hard and spending wisely being the way to prosperity is, in fact, relegated to the dustbin of mythology. Maybe it never left there. All I know is the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 4, 2016

My Half Full Glass

Over the years, I’ve been accused of being an optimist, a pessimist, an idealist, a realist, a nihilist and God knows how many other “ists.” I suppose it depends on the perspective of the accuser. I could take these things one at a time and defend or support them, but that would be a waste of time.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Yummy Yummy: Kool Aid good...

I used to blame our plunging collective national IQ on the internet, particularly social media. However, I can now clearly see I was wrong. The internet is a beautiful, magical place. It’s even better than the real world. Or maybe it is the real world. Why else would everyone walk around in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Right Back Atchoo!

There’s something about Bradford Pear in full bloom that gives me a feeling in my chest and a lump in my throat. In three words, that feeling is congestion, coughing, and sneezing. Spring is here, it seems, although I’m still waiting for this particular strip tease by Mother Nature to come to an end... Sign in to see full entry.

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