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Nothing You Needed to Know about Minds and Brains

Don’t mind me if I pick my brain. The potential of the human mind is limitless. That’s a no-brainer. Well, without a brain, you couldn’t have a… Never mind. Anyway, I’m not talking about people who don’t have brains. Their potential for having a mind is severely limited. It has been demonstrated after years of pseudo-psychometric research and exhaustive testing of people (who don’t seem to mind) that if you still don’t have a mind once you [...]

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By |2021-07-22T00:46:41+00:00July 22, 2021|Brain, Human Mind, Humor, Memory|

A Story Grows from Seeds Planted 48 Years Ago

The sands of time never run out on a story worth telling. I recently completed the manuscript for what has evolved into a 90,000-word narrative nonfiction book at whose hub is a true crime that occurred in the mid-1970’s when I was a young, wet-behind-the-ears reporter in Williamsport, PA. It was my first full-time job, aside from my three-year enlistment in the Army as an intelligence analyst, and, as it turned out, I was working there in [...]

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By |2021-07-14T21:09:58+00:00July 14, 2021|Exoneration, Justice, Murder, Police|

Blaming the Boomers for America’s Woes

If at first you don’t succeed, just hang around and try not to screw it up. The boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it. They habitually cut their own taxes and borrow money without any concern for future burdens. They’ve spent virtually all our money and assets on themselves and in the process have left a financial disaster for their children. — Bruce Gibney, A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Destroyed [...]

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By |2021-07-12T18:36:13+00:00July 12, 2021|Aging, Baby Boomers, Discrimination, Gen-Y, Greatest Generation, World War II|

Striving for Spunk and Spryness

They’re the “oldest-old” and they’re soaking up Social Security. About seven years ago, not long after I had passed traditional retirement age of 65, I pondered the possibilities of making it to the age of ninety — an age range that was becoming more common among the U.S. populace than ever. It seemed that by 2050, according to a prognosis from those dedicated to the science of aging, a.k.a. gerontology, there would be at least nine million [...]

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By |2021-07-12T18:08:44+00:00July 12, 2021|Aging, Baby Boomers, Health, Old Age, Social Security|

Trend of Biased News Isn’t Good News

Newspapers are struggling to survive. Do they have to sell out to stay in business? What’s the news across the nation? According to one highly informed source, the country is becoming an “expanding news desert.” It’s hard to believe when you can access breaking news any time of day, whether via cable news channels or internet websites. Not only can you get your news, but you can choose your kind of news, customized to fit your personal [...]

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By |2021-07-12T16:57:44+00:00July 12, 2021|Journalism and Writing, News Media, Newspapers|

Remembering Words We Seldom Use Anymore

Words come and go as the years go by. One of the great things about being young— as in late adolescence and well into the vague parameters of young adulthood— is you get to make up your own language and toss words and expressions your parents and grandparents are fond of onto the scrapheap. Words like scrapheap, for instance. I explored that subject a few years back in a newspaper column entitled: “Outliving a Big Chunk of [...]

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By |2021-06-17T20:24:44+00:00June 17, 2021|Pop Culture, Vocabulary, Words, Writing|

Be Grateful for Those Small Doses of Happiness

Life isn’t always a lark, so savor those happy memories and moments. “There is no happiness,” according to one proverb. “There are only moments of happiness.” Nobody is always happy, and the most you can hope for is happiness in small doses that sustain you over a lifetime. Often it is the memory of happy times that fuels overall enjoyment and contentment. The human mind is empowered with the magic of transforming unhappy times into happy memories [...]

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By |2021-06-09T22:06:39+00:00June 9, 2021|Family, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Happy, Love, Memory|

Starting Out at the End of an Era

The story of Grit, a newspaper that accentuated to positive, is a combination of triumph and tragedy. If you are around long enough, you might become part of history, something that was special to thousands — and, in my case, hundreds of thousands of people across the country. For me it was Grit— a nationally circulated weekly newspaper. I was hired as a reporter/writer there in the late summer of 1972. Note that it was Grit, not [...]

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By |2021-05-26T20:28:09+00:00May 26, 2021|Grit, Journalism and Writing, News Media, Newspapers|

Looking Back at the Lyrics of Our Lives

Every generation has the songs and lyrics that remind us of the events and feelings we may have forgotten otherwise.  There are song lyrics that get you right where you live. As a kid, I remember Chuck Berry singing a song that basically told the older generation, namely our parents, to back off. This is our music, as crude as you may think it is, and you can have your Big Band music and your symphonies. "Roll [...]

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By |2021-05-19T21:04:25+00:00May 19, 2021|Baby Boomers, Classic Rock, Lyrics, Music|

Saying What You Mean without Being Mean

Avoiding the harsh, blunt and offensive in a politically correct world. I was going through a box of literally hundreds of columns I have written for three different newspapers going back to the late seventies. I’ve combined observations from a couple of them for this blog— one quite recent and another written more than 27 years ago. The latter explored the impact political correctness was having on our language back in the early 1990’s and the former [...]

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By |2021-05-12T20:54:59+00:00May 12, 2021|Aging, Baldness, Euphemisms, Humor, Political Correctness, Synonyms|
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