Category Archives: cultural history

More of the “New Normal” and Why I Prefer the Old Normal

Society has a whole new set of rules. A retired friend recently returned to work – a feat in itself that I find nearly miraculous, since I can’t even get an interview at a used book store – but, that’s … Continue reading

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New Normal and Other Possibilities of a Post-Coronavirus World

When this Coronavirus insanity ends… When retail stores throw open their doors… When kids go back to school, and parents return to work… When the world at large reopens… When devastation and isolation turn to celebration… And we trust these … 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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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 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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Paul McCartney – Yesterday and Today – Stories Now Told

I just read the GQ article “The Untold Stories of Paul McCartney.” https://www.gq.com/story/the-untold-stories-of-paul-mccartney Writer Chris Heath’s interviews with Paul revealed many things even this lifelong fan never knew about the former Beatles/Wings/singer/songwriter/icon for a generation. I was pleased and relieved … Continue reading

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Youth Does Have a Shelf Life – Nobody Warned Me

There’s a Rolling Stones‘ song “Time is on My Side.” When I was very young, I believed that. As a matter of fact, I embraced this fallacy until about four years ago. Truth is, time is never on your side. … Continue reading

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I Used to be a Music Maker

Once upon a time, I was a music maker. I was first a poet. At age 11, my main Christmas gift was a guitar. Not unlike millions of other kids mesmerized and inspired by the Beatles, I believed I could … Continue reading

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From “Duck and Cover” How I Learned to Live Life in The Fetal Position

Mid-20th century, when I was in elementary school (the 1960s, to be exact), we did not have school shootings, with students killing one another. Our main fear, in those days, was atomic war, when the Russians would drop the bomb, … Continue reading

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Barbara Bush – A First Lady of First Ladies 🌹

I always admired Barbara Bush. In another lifetime (June 1990), I wrote this newspaper column about her. Sharing it now with apologies to the late Nancy Reagan, for whom I developed a fondness in her later years. 🌹

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Don’t Be Shocked – It’s Not Just About the Lights

In the old days (read “when I was a child”), most people called the electric bill their “light bill.” Because, lights were pretty much the primary leeches of that magic current flowing into the house. Even the logo for the … 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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Airline Abuse at New Altitude 

Airline Atrocities – we all have a story.  With airline atrocities at a new height, the time seems right to share my mine. In the last Century, I wrote a column for the Garland Daily News, that was also carried … 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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“Victory Over Japan” Perspective of Someone Who Wasn’t There, but learned to fear “fear itself…”

Today marks the  anniversary of what they called “Victory over Japan Day” or “V-J Day,” when Japan surrendered in World War II, basically bringing that world conflict to an end on August 14, 1945. The surrender document officially ending the … 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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People Need Heroes – Raise the Bar

John Wayne (Marion Mitchell Morrison) was born this date in 1907.John Wayne, “The Duke” – ever the good guy, a hero. Or was he? Despite his numerous military movies, Wayne never actually served in any branch. He did, however, serve … Continue reading

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Please tell me this is just a “Stupid Human Trick” – Not an ending

Here we go again – the end of (yet another) era, as David Letterman, the last of my generation of late night talk show hosts says goodnight for the final time in this role, time slot, capacity.  And I will … 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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I Coulda Been Somebody! (But, really -what are the odds?)

Before I begin, let me confess. I am as guilty (perhaps more so) as the next person about believing I was “somebody” in a past life. My first thought was a conviction I must have been Van Gogh. My alternatives … Continue reading

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