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Pros and Cons of Getting to the Point

Reaching back into the past for observations on humanity and humor. A number of years ago during my years as an editor and weekly columnist for a newspaper that has since banned my opinions, I wrote a column with the heading: “Direct Routes Aren’t Always the Most Effective Ways to Travel.” You see, the “number of years” from the date of that commentary is approaching 28, and I was, at the time, past the midpoint of a [...]

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Ignorant Patriotism Thrives by Censoring History

Some chapters in American history may be difficult to process, but they should be there for us to learn. It was more than a year ago when one of my blogs posted on Facebook received an ominous “blacklisted” tag. It was only a couple of weeks after the insurgence at the Capitol. The word “fascism” was in the blog’s heading, and I thought maybe it was flagged for proliferating an unproven conspiracy or fueling anti-government sentiments. It [...]

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Playing Blame Game with Mass Murderers

And the deaths keep piling up as gun rights and gun control positions solidify. The idea that TV networks and newspapers get their jollies from school children and other innocents murdered by a mentally ill or just plain evil shooter is both understandable and unfair. Most take pride in reporting the real story, fairly, factually and respectfully, and mass shootings often lead to dozens of stories in the ensuing months. The respectfully part is the key, and [...]

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By |2022-02-15T02:37:08+00:00February 15, 2022|death, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Gun Violence, News Media|

Terrorism Tamed to “Legitimate Political Discourse”

Does it? In a true Democracy, three Presidents since 1988 would have lost.  In a simple system of majority rule, Mr. Biden’s thumping margin of more than seven million votes would have been the last word. For that matter, so would Hillary Clinton’s national margin of nearly three million votes in 2016: Mr. Trump would not have had a 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue address in which to barricade himself in 2020. — Jedediah Britton-Purdy in the January 2, [...]

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By |2022-02-06T04:10:43+00:00February 6, 2022|Biden, Conservatives, Elections, Electoral College, Terrorism, Trump, Voter Fraud, Voting|

Playing around with the Three “Homos”

Making it to the end of this essay is enough to wipe the smile off any face. I think I missed a week of blogging. I recently found a publisher for my book, and I’ve been going back and forth with a consultant, establishing a portal so we can start the editing process. That means carefully proofing two dozen chapters containing some 93,000 words and rounding up photos to illustrate the true crime manuscript. That’s my excuse [...]

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By |2022-01-26T04:14:50+00:00January 26, 2022|Homonyms, Homophones, Humor, Language, Vocabulary, Words|

Still Feeling Fortunate After All These Years

Once you get to the top, the only way to go is down. There’s really no need to sprint to the bottom. Baby Boomers in their sixties and seventies were taught by our parents and grandparents to work hard and be loyal. Loyalty is a two-way street, or so we were told, and employers supposedly recognized and respected this asset as exemplified by our hard work and willingness to go the extra mile. Our parents were better [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:29+00:00January 11, 2022|Aging, Baby Boomers, Newspapers, Old Age, Paychecks, Retirement, Writing|

Defining America through a Fanciful Past

Sleeping through the present while dreaming of a sitcom-portrayed and idealized past. Several Februarys ago, during our return drive on what has become an annual winter excursion to Florida, we were intrigued by signage along I-77 North hawking the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, NC. We were briefly tempted to check it out. It wasn’t so much our interest in Griffith himself, star of a pair of major television hits over the years — Matlock (1986-1995) [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:30+00:00January 2, 2022|1960's, American History, Television, TV Sitcoms|

Contemplating Minds, Brains and Other Matter

Brains sometimes have storms but minds have a more stable climate. This is a revision of moldy oldie of a newspaper column I wrote well before the turn of the 21st Century in 1990 when my mind, for what it’s worth, was much sharper. You’ll likely notice that I refer to the year 2000 as if it’s in the distant future. The subject was the source of our thoughts and being— the mind and the brain— often [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:31+00:00December 26, 2021|Brain, Brains versus Minds, Human Mind, Humor, Minds|

Uplifting and Downhearted Songs of the Season

Rockin' through Christmas by lampooning Santa and even grandma. It is exactly a week until Christmas day as I write this, so I’m taking the liberty of calling this my Christmas blog. That gives me the option of taking the next week off and then picking up with either a looking-back-at-2021 commentary or looking ahead to 2022. I had hoped, as things started getting back to normal this fall, that we would finally be free of the [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:31+00:00December 18, 2021|Christmas, Classic Rock, Lyrics, Music, Santa|

As Malls Die Out, Who Will Want to Leave Home?

The dollars walked away from the downtowns first, and now they’re leaving the malls. I was in a mall the other day, and even though it was after Black Friday and prime Christmas shopping season, it was far from crowded or what you might call bustling. It was a leisurely experience in many ways, but also sobering as we noted the growing number of empty stores. Among the things I used to dread about Christmas shopping were [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:31+00:00December 9, 2021|Advertising, Christmas, Community Spirit, Malls, Shopping|
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