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A Few of my Favorite Things

Having fallen into a YouTube hole, it’s necessary to stick my head up and start writing this column without a single idea about what it will be about.   Fats Domino was walking to New Orleans a minute ago, and now Little Richard is singing to me about Lucille.  With nothing coming to my mind to say, the pretty boy has […]

Gimme Shelter

Social distancing. Quarantine. Lockdown. Shelter in place. Oh, the times in which we live. Taking the words for what they actually mean, social distancing isn’t really what we’re doing. Anyone who’s ever been to a cocktail party, a church pot luck, or a family reunion knows that social distancing is what we do when we’re avoiding contact with another specific […]

Life in the Time of Coronavirus

My starting assumption today is the only people reading this column are the ones who aren’t out buying up all the toilet paper and hand sanitizer that’s still available. Nor are any of you those folks who are endlessly posting on social media that this is either the end of the world or a complete global conspiracy to bring down […]

A Takedown or Two

Will Rogers famously said, “I am not a member of any organized party.  I am a Democrat.” For a brief moment this last week, it looked like that sage and witty quote had finally met its sell-by date.   With Sanders coming out of Nevada with a win following strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire (it’s not a win unless […]

The Little Matchbox Boys

Christmas and birthdays always brought toys growing up, many of them made by Tonka and mostly trucks.  Fire truck, dump truck, tow truck, even a Pepsi truck. I liked to play with them in my room, but not with the other boys in the neighborhood.  Besides, they were kind of big, so they weren’t really portable.  What I really loved […]

The Winner Takes It All

My family loved to play games.  Board games, card games, any kind of game.  And every one of us wanted to win. Granted, Mother preferred partnership games where she didn’t have to try so hard, depending on her other half to do the heavy lifting, while Daddy enjoyed setting your bid or dropping the queen of spades on you almost […]

Outrageous Redux

Well, the outrage warriors are at it again.  As usual, it starts with one thing about which some folks get upset, then some other folks get upset about the folks that got upset in the first place, followed by name calling and some of us—still tired from the last round—reaching for a bottle of Geritol. It’s daily now.  Sunday saw […]

A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Once again, it’s that time of the week when I sit down in front of the keyboard with some hot coffee in one of my favorite mugs and try to connect the dots of what’s going on in the world.  But this time, my thinking is pretty scattered, or at least more so than usual. My mind seems to be […]

Prose & Contests

When an exasperated Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford said, “Why must everything be a contest?” in Mommie Dearest, she was only complaining about the recalcitrant Christina refusing to eat her meat.  How quaint when one considers the contests fate has in store for those of us, beleaguered as we are, in February.  First up is this football game which, super […]

Getting To Know You, Getting To Know All About You

Did you catch the latest installment in the Democratic Presidential Debates?  I didn’t.  Netflix has spoiled me for watching any series that I can’t binge watch, plus I am allowed to drop out anywhere along the way when I lose interest. When the first debates were held last June, there was interest a-plenty, even with an unwieldy field of candidates (a couple of […]

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