Well done Michael Collins, the “other guy” on the Apollo 11 moon mission

Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, & Buzz Aldrin Is it just me, or did the death of Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins last week at age 90 seem to be little more than a blip on the media’s radar? I caught a blurb about it somewhere but it swiftly seemed to fizzle as a news story.... Read more »

Prince Philip and a story of two very different men

The death of Britain’s Prince Philip and the publicity surrounding it got me to thinking of my late Uncle Carl. My uncle, like Philip, was born in the early 1920’s and served in World War II. Both were members of the so-called Greatest Generation. The similarities would appear to end there as my uncle was... Read more »

Exactly who is the prince that is trapped, Harry?

The blowback from the notorious Prince Harry & Meghan Markle interview focused so much on her and on royal family racism allegations that it overlooked some pretty shocking things that came out of the mouth of erstwhile royal Golden Boy Harry. Chief among these was describing his father, Prince Charles, and older brother, Prince William,... Read more »

The very long goodbye: Living with a geriatric pet

No one prepared me for this. When you go to the rescue and pick out a cute, playful little kitten or pup, no one there talks to you about the not-so-cute later years. It’s all about vaccination schedules and proper diet and neutering, training and housebreaking. Nobody warns you about the incontinence and the “accidents”... Read more »

Some rare good news out of D.C. that got lost in all the craziness

There was a story that came out early last week that got buried and lost amid the avalanche of negativity coming out of Washington, one that bodes well for American consumers and has been a long time coming. Congress passed and President Trump signed a bipartisan law that will protect patients from unexpected bills from... Read more »

What's wrong with Netflix's The Crown

I have a love-hate relationship with The Crown, the smash Netflix original drama that chronicles the life of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her family. One of the things that made the series such a sensation when it first aired was the concept of dramatizing the lives of very famous people who are still very... Read more »

This Christmas, don’t let anyone tell you not to be as festive as you want to be

Do you ever read something that bothers you so much, even seemingly inconsequential and trivial, that for some reason you can’t shake it off? Another person might not give it a second thought, but it gets on your nerves and stays there. I was informed the other day, by no less an authority than the... Read more »

An employer can legally fire you if it doesn't like your social media activity. Here's why.

Hearing about “cancel culture,” people losing their jobs because they clicked the Like button on a Facebook or Twitter post, or were recorded on someone’s cellphone a decade ago dressed in a politically incorrect Halloween costume, might make some wonder exactly where their rights as a private individual end and begin when it comes to... Read more »

My lifelong infatuation with "Hollywood" Harry is over

Prince Harry, my 35-year honeymoon with you is over. Next to the queen, you were this Anglophile’s favorite royal. I supported you when you went public with your private grief. I cheered you when you married for love. I even tentatively supported you when you and Meghan announced you were “stepping back” as senior British... Read more »

Olivia de Havilland, last Old Hollywood star, was much more than Melanie Wilkes

Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving star of Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s and ‘40s, passed away over the weekend at the age of 104. Most of the headlines went something like this one in the New York Times: “Olivia de Havilland, a Star of Gone With the Wind, Dies at 104” If your knowledge... Read more »