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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|

Paying the Price for Being What You Used to Be

Don’t let prehistoric opinions define who you are today. I inadvertently took last week off. I have been engrossed in a book project and on Thursday of last week realized that I hadn’t written my weekly blog, which I have always posted on Wednesdays. Nobody noticed so I guess we all (make that all three of us) needed a week off. We have lost the opportunity to be spontaneous and misinformed, to learn and grow, to become [...]

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Perching, Pondering and Peering at Passersby

When it comes to porch furniture, to each his own choice of decor. “Dare you laze away your dwindling days with an exquisite view of the fleeting world?” I’ll say right up front that my wife is the one who always wanted a porch. I grew up with a front porch at my childhood home, and I suppose I took it for granted. At the time there was barn across the road from us, which housed (or [...]

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By |2021-04-21T13:30:46+00:00April 21, 2021|Patios, Porches, Resting, Sheltering|

Reverting to a Tactic Born in the U.S.A.

Crying over unwelcome voters in Georgia. Our government is a union of all United States citizens. Everyone is a member. It is the way we organize to efficiently address problems that affect us all.  It is the way we respond to disaster when isolated groups are impacted. And it is the only way ordinary citizens can stand up to powerful entities such as major corporations and bizarrely wealthy individuals that would otherwise treat us unfairly. — Ken [...]

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By |2021-04-14T20:18:20+00:00April 14, 2021|Democracy, Voter Suppression, Voting, Water|

Making Our Points with Exclamations!

Exclamations should be used sparingly for impact. Get the point? I’m not big on exclamation points. I have to be exceedingly excited, angry or enthused to use them in my writing. You use such things sparingly for effect. And yet, as someone who edited many articles, commentaries and letters to the editor over the years, I’ve seen exclamations used so liberally it’s like the written form of shouting. You have undoubtedly seen correspondence, email and social media [...]

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By |2021-04-07T18:19:45+00:00April 7, 2021|Exclamations, Language, Punctuation, Sayings, Words|

Here’s to That Quiet Minority of Real Heroes

Talk is cheap and real heroes typically have little to say. I’ve come to learn, as a Vietnam vet, that the real heroes of that ill-advised war are a silent, almost invisible group. The guys who do all the talking, all the bragging, their license plates personalized and their vehicles papered with stickers trumpeting their veteran status and affiliations, aren’t necessarily the real heroes. This is not only true of Vietnam, but of Korea, World War II [...]

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By |2021-03-31T23:24:26+00:00March 31, 2021|Hero, Mortality, Sacrifices, War|

Why No News Isn’t Necessarily Good News

Casualty list of America’s daily and weekly newspapers grows. 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 needs, beliefs and desires. And, as [...]

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Speaking of Daffy, Porky and Scooby-Doo

Fat Albert: No body shaming, but what can you say? “Hey, hey, hey!” Banning a bunch of Dr. Seuss books due to derogatory Asian and African-American depictions has people all upset, especially certain U.S. Senators who are otherwise quite tolerant of attempted government overthrow and reticent in affirming that Black Lives Matter. But I can relate to some of those concerns when it comes to this cancel-culture backlash. It’s a complex subject to tackle, taking aim at [...]

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By |2021-03-17T23:18:42+00:00March 17, 2021|Cancel Culture, Cartoons, Humor, Overweight, Racism|

Chasing the Jabs with a Screaming Bladder

A little needling about chasing the jab. Let me just start by saying that my wife, Mary, and I, being in declining geezerhood, both received our first jab of the COVID Moderna vaccine last Tuesday. I had to drive about 350 miles to accomplish that feat, which is like driving from my house in the George Washington Bridge and back with more than half of it on two-lane roads. I don’t think I was ever more than [...]

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By |2021-03-10T23:51:27+00:00March 10, 2021|Aging, COVID-19, Fear, Medicine, Vaccinations|
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