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Rolling through Rock’s Twilight Years

"I don't know about you, but the only rocking I'll be doing is in a chair!" When it comes to my favorite music, I live in the past with classic rock. Classic rock is struggling to remain relevant. In fact, CNN recently proclaimed that this summer “marks the twilight of classic rock.” Bob Dylan is 81. Paul McCartney is 80. Carlos Santana, one of the youngest rock icons at 74, was rendered unconscious by heat stroke at [...]

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By |2022-09-14T23:47:47+00:00September 14, 2022|Aging, Baby Boomers, Classic Rock, Humor, Lyrics, Old Age, Pop Culture|

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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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|

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|

So This Senator Walks into a Bar…

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 [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:34+00:00November 10, 2021|Humor, Jokes, Politics, Presidential Humor|

Facebook, Joe Camel and Mr. Mucus

Joe Camel: From cool to out in the cold. Washington legislators can’t agree on much of anything anymore when it means crossing party lines, but they do seem to find common ground on one thing. That’s right, something has to be done about Facebook. A Senate Subcommittee heard testimony this week from a Facebook insider who was part of a “misinformation team” intent on stealing the hearts and minds of our youth — and, undoubtedly, a whole [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:38+00:00October 6, 2021|Advertising, Cartoons, Children, Facebook, Humor, Pop Culture, Smoking, Social Media|

Trying to Stay Relevant with an Aging Mind

Words and phrases that show your age. Uncool or rich in history and meaning? Now I’m too old to worry about whether I’m cool or not. Or is that too cool to worry about how old I am? I do know that it is still cool to use cool to mean something is, well, cool. It is one of the long-standing tidbits of slang that has lasted through multiple generations. Then again, that may not be true [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:40+00:00September 15, 2021|English, Humor, Language, Phrases, Sayings, Words, Writing|

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 |2022-01-24T09:09:47+00:00July 22, 2021|Brain, Human Mind, Humor, Memory|

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 |2022-01-24T09:09:51+00:00May 12, 2021|Aging, Baldness, Euphemisms, Humor, Political Correctness, Synonyms|

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 |2022-01-24T09:09:54+00:00March 17, 2021|Cancel Culture, Cartoons, Humor, Overweight, Racism|
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