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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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“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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Life – Just Another “Long and Winding Road”

Introspection is not for the faint of heart. I am currently staying in a place that is not my home – at least, not yet, if ever. Walking with my collie a few days ago, I was just following 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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“Working 9 to 5 – what a way to make a living”

After years of being a secretary, currently called an “administrative professional,” I was able to go home and be a full-time mom.  Fortunately, for many of those mom years,  I was also writing a newspaper column.  In April 1992, I … Continue reading

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Do The Gifted Lack Honor?Or is it Suppressed by Celebrity?

As a consequence of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s misremembering, misrepresentation, or outright lying about being robbed at gunpoint after an Olympic party, some companies, including Speedo and Polo Ralph Lauren, among others, have dropped their sponsorship/endorsement deals with the Olympic … Continue reading

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Loving Blindly, Like Katie Morosky in “The Way We Were”

Redford’s character (Hubbell) said to Streisand’s in THE WAY WE WERE: “When you love someone, from Roosevelt to me, you go deaf, dumb and blind.” Like Streisand’s Katie Morosky, I also do that. From the Beatles to collies, I give … Continue reading

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Dickens and Do-Overs

I can’t help wondering if perhaps Charles Dickens’ inspiration for “A Christmas Carol” was not just looking back over his life. Was there just that moment when he wished that all he had lived through was but a dress rehearsal … 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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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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Life is Like a Banana – Peel and Eat While You Can

Respectfully disagreeing with Forrest Gump’s “box of chocolates,” simile, I believe life is more like a banana. From its very appearance, its use is not evident. Depending on the banana’s stage of development, (from firm and green, to dark and … Continue reading

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Miracle?  Or was one angel “asleep at the mantle?”

This originally reminded me of the 1948 movie Miracle of the Bells, with Fred MacMurray and Frank Sinatra.  The essence of the film (the miracle) is a statue of the Virgin Mary turning toward the casket of a young actress … Continue reading

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Scary Movies – Nothing to Fear But Watching Alone

Which horror movies scared you the most? I was weaned on the horror flicks of the early 1960s (many of which were actually released in the late ’50s). By the time I was allowed to see them, it was after … 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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Sleeping in My Clothes

As a child, prior to a roadtrip, I just slept in my clothes, atop my bed. My stepfather was a stickler for hitting the road at 4 AM. So, I was ready, and simply had to move from my bed … Continue reading

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Glen Campbell’s Talent, Musical Legacy Keeps Him “…Ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind”

Despite years of being a studio musician, working with such greats as Elvis, Sinatra, and touring with the Beach Boys (as Brian Wilson’s replacement), Glen Campbell seemed like an overnight success. In 1967, rendition of John Hartford’s poignant poem (to … Continue reading

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Sugar and Spice – It Takes Both

According to the old nursery rhyme, little girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice.”  The key words here are “sugar AND spice.”  Most females are not just sweet as sugar all the time, nor are we spicy … Continue reading

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Stephen King – Profit From Nightmares

Happy Birthday to Stephen King – proof a fortune can be made from night terrors, if you JUST WRITE THEM DOWN when you wake in a cold sweat. My mistake is when I wake from a nightmare, I spend the … Continue reading

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Never Risk Death by Appliance

So, the little boy (20-something) comes to repair my non-draining washing machine.  “Ma’am, did you know it’s un-plugged?” Uhh, yah!  When a major appliance that weighs more than I do is mal-functioning, I do that.    If I learned anything … Continue reading

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Stephen King’s “Storm of The Century” – Another of his perfect lessons in Good & Evil – Is King an Evangelist?

I watched Stephen King’ “Storm of the Century” today on ENCORE. Like most of King’s work, it is an excellent, albeit eerily accurate insight to the human psyche. It made me wonder about King’s level of Christianity. While I would never see him as … Continue reading

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If Only Drunks Were as Funny and Drinking as Glamorous as the Media Would Have Us Believe

Dying or (worse yet), killing someone else due to driving “under the influence” is the worst possible result of alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, the heartbreak of alcoholism has devastating consequences that extend to every part of the addict’s l… Continue reading

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Woody Allen Still Revered While Mel Gibson is Reviled

Leo DiCaprio backed out of a movie deal with Mel Gibson, due to girlfriend abuse allegations. Yet, actors still leap at the chance to work with Woody Allen, incestuous child predator. Am I alone in my inability to make sense of this? I am not defe… Continue reading

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