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Still Feeling Fortunate After All These Years

By |January 11, 2022|Categories: Aging, Baby Boomers, Newspapers, Old Age, Paychecks, Retirement, Writing|Tags: , , , |

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 at this than we [...]

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Defining America through a Fanciful Past

By |January 2, 2022|Categories: 1960's, American History, Television, TV Sitcoms|Tags: , , , |

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) and, before that, the [...]

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Contemplating Minds, Brains and Other Matter

By |December 26, 2021|Categories: Brain, Brains versus Minds, Human Mind, Humor, Minds|Tags: |

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 used interchangeably. You may [...]

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Uplifting and Downhearted Songs of the Season

By |December 18, 2021|Categories: Christmas, Classic Rock, Lyrics, Music, Santa|Tags: , , |

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 pandemic and that looking [...]

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

By |December 9, 2021|Categories: Advertising, Christmas, Community Spirit, Malls, Shopping|Tags: , , , |

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 the crowded indoor malls [...]

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Communication Thrives on the Words We Use

By |December 3, 2021|Categories: Language, Uncategorized, Vocabulary, Words|Tags: , |

The origins of the words we use are often primitive, but we shouldn’t abandon them too quickly. Every once in a while, I run into a language purist who likes to take issue with stuff I have written as being wrong-headed or just plain wrong. These are people who think you shouldn’t use words like “stuff,” as I just did, because it is lazy. Find the definitive word, they’ll lecture, because stuff means unspecified things. Still, there are times when stuff [...]

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Is Patriotism too Fragile to Withstand History

By |November 28, 2021|Categories: Black Americans, History, Native Americans, Patriotism, Politics, Racism, Slavery|Tags: , , |

Digging up the past helps us understand who we are as a nation. I fear patriotism is presented as a false choice. It seems that for many, to be patriotic is to remember and celebrate only our nation’s triumphs. To choose otherwise, to choose to remember our failings, is thus somehow anti-American. — Ken Burns Ken Burns, in the introductory quote, was referring to the only National Historic Site in the United States with the word “massacre” in its title. That’s [...]

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Constitutional Confusion: What Rights Are Wrong?

By |November 19, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

The newly-enacted Constitution may have granted the right to own slaves, but it’s worth a lot more than the paper it’s printed on. Got thinking about the U.S. Constitution as I slowly savored my morning snack of two spoonfuls of Smuckers peanut butter along with a handful of baby carrots. You know, with a name like Smuckers it’s got to be good. As I vigorously licked it off the roof of my mouth, a news story caught my attention. It was [...]

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So This Senator Walks into a Bar…

By |November 10, 2021|Categories: Humor, Jokes, Politics, Presidential Humor|Tags: , |

When it comes to political humor, funny is in the mind of the beholder. It’s been a horrible year. A killer virus won’t go away on the heels of a nonsensical, abrasive campaign and an interminable election process. Next we have a sheltering-in-place Thanksgiving. Right after that comes Black Friday, which seems appropriately named this year.   I wrote the above as an opening for a prospective blog between the 2020 election and Thanksgiving. I spent considerable time stealing, I mean [...]

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