Category Archives: americana

Father’s Day – Even For the Fatherless

So, here comes Father’s Day – a Hallmark holiday I always dreaded as a child, because I didn’t have a father. No, I wasn’t a test tube baby or anything. My parents divorced just shy of my fourth birthday. Mom, … Continue reading

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Fear the Fear

In his first inaugural address in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “… the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself…” So true. The danger is in the fear.

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Maybe You Had to be There…

I was recently privileged to be invited to a Golden Wedding Anniversary of some dear friends. The guy who served as best man in 1969 was at the party, and stood to toast, and say a few words. He began … Continue reading

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Country Music – More Than A High, Lonesome Sound

Country music was not really a part of my life until my mother met my stepfather when I was six years old. Mom was of the Big Band generation, and always kept up with popular music. She bought records – … Continue reading

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I’m Rubber and You’re Glue… What Name Offends You?

When I was a kid, the standard response to name-calling was, “Sticks and stones may break my bones. But, words can never hurt me.” Apparently, a lot has changed since my idyllic Baby Boomer childhood. These days, it takes very … Continue reading

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Why I Love Collies

After quite a dry spell – not so much writer’s block as, at worst , starter’s block; at best, finisher’s block, I realized I had to write something – anything. So, with nary a nod to nasty politics, I thought … Continue reading

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Barbed Wire Fences and Other Baby Boomer Country Memories

Yesterday, I saw something I had not seen in years – a barbed wire fence. It evoked memories of a brief, yet, impactful time of my childhood. We lived, for a time, with my grandmother who lived in a rock … Continue reading

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In-law Christmas

This next weekend is usually designated as what I used to affectionately call “in-law Christmas,” when you gather with the non-alpha in-laws to celebrate the holiday (as opposed to the real festivities with your actual family). For further clarification, the … Continue reading

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In-law Thanksgiving

This weekend is usually designated as what I used to affectionately call “in-law Thanksgiving,” when you gather with the non-alpha in-laws to celebrate the holiday (as opposed to the real feast with your actual family). For further clarification, the “alpha … Continue reading

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“First Man” – Not a Movie Review, Just a Baby Boomer’s Perspective

I finally got to the theater again to see a first-run movie – First Man, and unabashedly admit to having thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I loved it, and intend to see it again. Unfortunately, if social media is any … Continue reading

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New Tennis Shoes – A Whiff of Nostalgia

Ahh… the smell of new tennis shoes. My granddaughter got new tennis shoes today, and while lacing them for her, I got a good whiff of that brand-new sneaker smell. I don’t know whether it’s the fresh canvas or pristine … Continue reading

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First Day of School: Annual Tradition; Rite of Passage, and Universal Theme

As another school year begins, I reflect back a few decades ago, when I wrote a regular newspaper column in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The 1988 school year saw my youngest child start kindergarten and my niece go away to … Continue reading

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What We Have Here is a Failure to Find the Right Reference Point (Or how I learned to communicate with Generation Y)

Mother’s Day weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting with my son and his gf (that’s hip for “girlfriend” – how cool am I!). Somehow, we got on the subject of Bruce Willis’ fame. I immediately referenced Moonlighting.  Despite it’s … Continue reading

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National Chicken Fried Steak Day (chicken or steak?) Blog Redux

October 26 has been designated “CHICKEN FRIED STEAK DAY.” One year, it fell on a Sunday, which only interfered with traditional football fare (wings, chili, chips, dip). I was not born in Texas. So, when I first heard of this … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy – Best Learned From Movies andMusic 

Yesterday, coworkers in their 20s offered me Reese’s Pieces. In my best E.T. voice, I said, “E.T., phone home.” They just looked at me like they thought I had Tourette Syndrome. They are in their 20s. I don’t really expect … Continue reading

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Summer Memories of a Baby Boomer Childhood 

The sights and sounds of summer when I was a child: Catching lightning bugs; Popping tar bubbles on the street on the way to the neighborhood pool; The starry look your eyelashes get and wrinkly fingers after a day of … Continue reading

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It’s WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY. My favorite  books… 

Where do I begin? My mother, though she ultimately lost her sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa, was always an avid reader.  As such, she raised us to share that love of reading.  My earliest favorites included Little Golden Books‘ My First Book … Continue reading

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‘Twas the Day Before Christmas…

When I was a child, Christmas Eve was the most magical, wonderful – yet, the longest day of the year. My big brother and I woke up very early. But, hey, we weren’t stupid. Well aware the daylight hours would drag … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving – the Rodney Dangerfield of Holidays

Thanksgiving is one of those inconspicuous, innocuous holidays most people take for granted, much as we take for granted the very things for which we should be thankful. Wedged between six weeks of Halloween and at least three months of … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Bleepin’ Manners Gone?

There are few things I dislike more than sounding like an old fuddy-duddy. Sometimes, however, harking back to my traditional upbringing (that being my point of reference) is the only way to address an issue.  The target of my rant … Continue reading

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America’s Pastime – Play Ball!

As the regular season of baseball draws to a close – and sadly, neither of “my” teams (the 2013 World Series champs, the Boston Red Sox, nor the Texas Rangers will survive into post-season competition), I thought I would blog … Continue reading

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A Metal Blast From the Past

In the 1967 film, The Graduate, Mr. McGuire had one word for Dustin Hoffman’s character Benjamin:  “Plastics.”  It’s true. Plastics was the future.   Growing up, however, our lives were all about metals and alloys. Even today, people older than I … Continue reading

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A Bit of Grilling About Your Memorial Day Grilling

MEMORIAL DAY is the second most popular day (after Independence Day) for outdoor grilling. Is there such thing as indoor grilling?  Yes.  That’s what you call it when someone asks you a lot of questions.  So, here goes your indoor … Continue reading

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This is Cool as All Get-Out!

I am notorious for saying things like that. I have also been known to throw a “neato” or even “groovy” into what would otherwise be considered a normal, adult conversation. “Yikes” and “holy smokes” are also among my favorites.

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Effervescing About Brown, Bubbly Drinks and Their Clear Competitors

There was a time when a soda – whether you called it that – or “pop,” or the generic “coke,” (if it really was Coca Cola, Pepsi or RC), was dark. With the exception of the occasional orange or grape soda, … Continue reading

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