STICKS AND STONES by Garry Armstrong

A while back, Marilyn wrote a piece using the word chutzpah. This is a word I've badly mangled when I try to say it. It's just a word, what the heck? That was my take for many years until Robin Williams and Billy Crystal gave me a proper public whupping for butchering the pronunciation of … Continue reading STICKS AND STONES by Garry Armstrong

NEWS AS ENTERTAINMENT – BY ELLIN CURLEY

Something tragic happened to America’s news media in the early 1980’s. Before then, the news divisions of the major television networks were not expected to make money. They were considered to be a public service designed to give people the information they needed to be well-informed voters and intelligent citizens. At some point in the … Continue reading NEWS AS ENTERTAINMENT – BY ELLIN CURLEY

2018 – ANOTHER SEPTEMBER SONG – Garry Armstrong

I' ve asked old acquaintance, Walter Houston, once again, to lead us with his melancholy vocal of "September Song" to set the mood. September is a bittersweet month for many of us. For the young, it's the end of summer,  goodbye to the idyllic warm days of endless fun and those first romantic days and … Continue reading 2018 – ANOTHER SEPTEMBER SONG – Garry Armstrong

FACEBOOK – THEN, NOW AND SOME KIND OF FUTURE

The first time I accessed Facebook was early 2011, a year before the 2012 Presidential election went into a full-tilt boogie. I had never been on a social media site though I’d heard of MySpace. My impression was it was where 12-year-olds went to pretend they were 16. (I was right.) Initially, was surprised by Facebook. It … Continue reading FACEBOOK – THEN, NOW AND SOME KIND OF FUTURE

THANKS FOR THE ANGST – ELLIN CURLEY

Scientific studies now exist that defend Stress as something good which we need to extend Our productive lives,  as we get on in years. So perhaps we should fuel, not conquer our fears And dwell on what is scary in the world today So we can keep our minds sharp and dotage at bay. That's … Continue reading THANKS FOR THE ANGST – ELLIN CURLEY

WORDS CAN NEVER HURT YOU – GARRY ARMSTRONG

A while back, Marilyn wrote a piece using the word chutzpah. This is a word I've always badly mangled when I try to say it. It's just a word, what the heck? That was my take for many years until Robin Williams and Billy Crystal gave me a proper public whupping for butchering the pronunciation … Continue reading WORDS CAN NEVER HURT YOU – GARRY ARMSTRONG