Archive for September 2011

I Need Some Help Here...!!!

i’M HOPING YOU CAN HELP ME FIND AN ANSWER TO MY CONUNDRUM…AFTER TWO HOURS IN A DOCTOR’S WAITING ROOM STUCK IN FRONT OF AN ALL-NEWS CABLE CHANNEL & SURROUNDED BY ALL-GOSSIP MAGAZINES…I’M LEFT HERE TO RECALL OUR AGONY OF “BREAKS” IN THERE: * THE CHATTERING BREAK-DOWNS OF EVERY PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL IN SIGHT * THE... Read more »

The Di-Mystification Of Our World

Today’s maze of di-mystification now spreads across the world from Walter Peyton to Courtney Love; with a generous dash of Jesus and Hitler somewhere in between….! This calls for some explanation. It starts with the way we make grand and mysterious some special people in our lives. It’s our peculiar need to find pedestals on... Read more »

Indiana Jones vs Buddha In Finding Happiness

From saints to sinners, from expectant moms to doting grandmoms, darn few things we 7 billion earthlings can agree on. Finding happiness may be one of them. The search, however, is immediately complicated, because earthlings don’t always agree on how the search should proceed. The many passionate Indiana Jones of our world understand the search... Read more »
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Be Honest -- What Does Big Mean To You?

“Big” is oh such a relative and imprecise little word. Sitting here retired and reflective in the very middle of the American Midwest, my keypad has a kind of eagle-eye view on how this word is currently in play in fall 2011. Much too over-used, the word needs to be understood in practice, not simply... Read more »

Both Fall & Brimstone In The Air

Walk outside into your waning September days and you find yourself wrapped inside a blaze of fiery colors and a bite of falling temperatures. Once again it’s sweater weather in the Midwest. That glorious funeral of summer and prologue to winter. This year, however, there is more than the fragrance of wet leaves in the... Read more »

The Un-Covered Sins Of Tony Bennett

Now let us politically-correct juries take up the inquisition of Tony Bennett. Beloved 85-year-old Anthony Di Benedetto who has sung his way into the hearts of every generation in and beyond San Francisco. Tony inherited Frank’s crown as America’s trans-generational musical artist. And all was well until….yes, until the crown slipped a tad this month.... Read more »
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Drugs, SAT Scores, and Hillary

Some people simply have to put a number on everything. Statisticians, forecasters, pundits, and assorted obsessive-compulsives. Somehow it gives them the feeling of being in control. They’re like the difference between that wildly free spirit Zorba The Greek and his prim and proper English boss. [If that movie is too long ago, think Mike Tyson... Read more »

Which Inmates Are Running The Asylum Now?

All right, lets get serious for a moment. In a crazy age of meaningless-soundbites, gotcha-politics, paparazzi-news, and “Jersey Shore”….well, you’re reminded of the class bullies in grammar school and the class clowns in high school. Except back then they were sent to the principal’s office. Today they’re running the school! To really get serious, there’s... Read more »

Killing Ourselves To Stay Healthy

From Frank Sinatra to Queen Latifah they sing the great American theme song: “I’m Gonna Live Till I Die.” Only today’s Americans [circa 25 to 75] have changed it to: “I’m Gonna Live So I Never Die.” An exaggeration…? I don’t think so with 42.7 million fitness clubs, 2.3 billion annual drug orders, and a... Read more »
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Hitler Is At Every Bears Game

Whether you notice it or not out there watching a Bears game, you’re still living in the shadow of Adolph Hitler. And you don’t have to be Jewish to feel its chill. Hitler was raised an Austrian Catholic, lived a German atheist, and died a drugged delusional for whom deity may or may not have... Read more »