B.B. King is Dead, Long Live the King: The Thrill Ain’t Gone, No No No
May15

B.B. King is Dead, Long Live the King: The Thrill Ain’t Gone, No No No

FOR BB BB they called him. His big black and silver tipped guitar was named Lucille. Not LuCILLE. LUcille. He was a big man filled the chair type 2 diabetes sang sitting down had an eye for the ladies I dont know and dont I know had hands as big as brown boxes and big and pretty light colored fingernails and pink palms with yellow ochre at the fingers and sepia brown in the finger bends and high knuckles. That’s how close I was...

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Happy Mothers Day Helen Gandelman
May10

Happy Mothers Day Helen Gandelman

OH SHE IS MISSED BUT WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD HER AS A MOTHER AND AS A FRIEND: Happy Mother’s Day, Helen Gandelman. WOW: your kids, relatives and all who knew you were so lucky to have come in contact with you, with your pizzazz, wonderful humor and incredible caring spirit. And YES it is true: parents can achieve immortality when they’re really more enduring than life; you’ll always be with all of us and we...

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Treasure We Could Give To Others on Mother’s Day
May10

Treasure We Could Give To Others on Mother’s Day

Dear Brave Souls: SOME WAYS TO SEE MOTHER’S DAY In the United States, it is Mother’s Day. It is a time that began long ago to recognize women who are mothers. Over time, it is clear to me that the designated day is to remember those ‘mothers’ who have walked with… mothers who walked with their own and others’ children, family members, parents, village and tribal members, creature children, elders,...

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What Media Doesnt Cover: Baltimore
May08

What Media Doesnt Cover: Baltimore

I spoke with several persons from Baltimore this week. What are we not hearing about Baltimore on the news? I asked. Barrage. Dozens of ideas about what is actually going on in Baltimore vs what is covered in the perpetual loops on tv news, for instance. One of the repeating ideas/thoughts was that the mayor of the city of Baltimore was struggling to keep all under control. That the District Attorney of Baltimore had to walk a line...

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Jayne Meadows Dead At 95
Apr28

Jayne Meadows Dead At 95

She was the wife of Steve Allen and the sister of Audrey Meadows of “The Honeymooners”. In her own right, she was nominated for three Emmys and was a panelist on “I’ve Got a Secret”. Born in China to missionary parents, Meadows got her start in the movies, appearing opposite Katherine Hepburn in the 1946...

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Of Friends Departed and Fields of Poppies
Apr21

Of Friends Departed and Fields of Poppies

We were on our way home, driving through the Texas Hill Country and still admiring the patches of bluebonnets with clusters of Indian paintbrushes, Texas buttercups, prairie winecups and other lovely Texas wildflowers popping their heads here and there in the late Texas afternoon sun. It had been a splendid day. The wildflower center we visited had one of the largest and most dazzling assortment of Texas wildflowers we have seen. It...

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‘We Were Born Before The Wind, Also Younger Than The Sun, Ere The Bonnie Boat Was Won As We Sailed Into The Mystic’
Apr13

‘We Were Born Before The Wind, Also Younger Than The Sun, Ere The Bonnie Boat Was Won As We Sailed Into The Mystic’

So there you are in your 68th year floating merrily down the stream, needing to reach for the paddle only occasionally, while filling bird feeders and trying to stay on your feet in the winter and weeding vegetables and working on your tan in the summer, making sure the dogs and cats get plenty of head scratches and your true love fresh cut flowers no matter the season, keeping your hand in the writing game with a blog post here and a...

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We’re running out of places to bury people
Mar14

We’re running out of places to bury people

We’re running out of places to bury people Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – @BednarChuck As the world’s population inches closer to the eight billion mark, there are growing concerns over an issue that might not be the sort of thing that you’d immediately think about: What to do with all of these they people once they die? According to the World Population Clock,...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy Leaves Us
Feb28

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy Leaves Us

Leonard Nimoy Leaves Us by Mike Peters Of Related Interest: –To a Star Trek fan like me, Leonard Nimoy meant everything –Leonard Nimoy’s Passion for Photography –Our favorite Leonard Nimoy video clips –George Takei Devastated Over ‘Extraordinary’ Leonard Nimoy’s Death Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip...

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Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy
Feb27

Cartoon: Leonard Nimoy

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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The Very Trees Cry Out: NO NO NO– Three Muslim Students Murdered
Feb11

The Very Trees Cry Out: NO NO NO– Three Muslim Students Murdered

DATELINE: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 3 Muslim students shot dead by middle-aged shooter. This should be at top of cable news and top of every newspaper in the USA. Two of the dead were married just 1.5 months ago in joyful celebration. The other dead young person is a sister.”Each of the victims, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, were just embarking on the first stage of their...

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Pop Culture: And Then He/She/They Said…
Jan17
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Death with Dignity Is a Human Right (Or Should Be)
Jan08

Death with Dignity Is a Human Right (Or Should Be)

Death with Dignity Is a Human Right (Or Should Be) by Daniel Faris Brittany Maynard had a story to tell the nation. But more importantly, she had a question to ask: Are we not entitled to die on our own terms? At 29 years of age, Brittany was a doting mom to two dogs and had been married only one year. She and her husband, Dan, had been trying to start a family when constant headaches prompted Brittany to seek medical attention – an...

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A New Year’s Musing On America’s Dysfunctional Society & Broken Politics
Jan05

A New Year’s Musing On America’s Dysfunctional Society & Broken Politics

Scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. There is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe. ~ FRANK ZAPPA The United States enters the new year a deeply dysfunctional society with a severely fractured political establishment and a dearth of ideas about how to confront either. Police routinely abuse black men and...

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The Conscience of Mario Cuomo
Jan05

The Conscience of Mario Cuomo

NEW YORK — There will never be another politician like Mario Cuomo, a man shaped by a different age. Yet he taught lessons about racial reconciliation, the role of religion in politics, the purposes of politics itself and — oddly for a politician — humility that will always be fresh. Cuomo, who died New Year’s Day, was brilliant and engaging but also irascible and terribly sensitive. He was tough and...

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Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dead at Age 82
Jan01

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dead at Age 82

MARIO CUOMO DEAD: Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo dies at age 82. Mario Cuomo died six hours after his son, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn into his second term as New York state governor, the NY Daily News reports. “He couldn’t be here physically today … but my father is in this room,” Andrew Cuomo said in his inaugural address. “He’s in the heart and mind of every person who is here. His inspiration and...

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Una Vez Más: The Old Man and The Baby, New Year’s Iconology: A Lost Story
Jan01

Una Vez Más: The Old Man and The Baby, New Year’s Iconology: A Lost Story

The Lost Story About What The Old Man and the New Baby Used to Mean for Human Renewal of Body, Mind, Spirit, Heart and Soul… at New Year’s We’re led to believe that New Year’s images are about the Old Year going out as a bent over old man… and the New Year toddling in as a grinning infant. That’s what the buycandy buywine buybeer folks would have us believe. But those are degraded images. Long ago, there were far brighter...

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La Posada: Happy Holidays to One and All From All of Us at TMV
Dec25

La Posada: Happy Holidays to One and All From All of Us at TMV

A little storycito about La Posada, a ‘go away/ come closer’ ritual in dead winter where madwomen and madmen go out in the night in order to be rejected on purpose Posada is done by many a Latino, in many different ways depending on where you live. It is the ritual we play out going door to door amongst our neighbors and friends, asking for shelter for the Holy Family who are being turned away from all the inns, and with...

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Joe Cocker, Heartbroken Singer, Passes. RIP
Dec22

Joe Cocker, Heartbroken Singer, Passes. RIP

http://www.southbendtribune.com/entertainment/inthebend/entertainmentnews/british-singer-joe-cocker-dead-at/article_b1802f8a-8a12-11e4-a6f0-873ff18480ff.html many will remember his brokenhearted songs and his fullbody expression while he sang that resembled sometimes a giant raptor flapping wings, and other times as though he was carried away by a drumbeat only he could hear and that we could see… His songs may make an apt...

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Two NYPD Officers Murdered in Brooklyn/ UPDATED: De Blasio, mayor, Spurned After
Dec20

Two NYPD Officers Murdered in Brooklyn/ UPDATED: De Blasio, mayor, Spurned After

UPDATE: It appears to be shaping up that Bill de Blasio, current mayor of New York City, is disliked intensely by many in NYPD, in their opinion after De Blasio did not stand up for law and order nor unequivocally for police officers assaulted during protests [despite clear videos of same], for backslapping, ignoring questions he’s ‘uncomfortable’ answering that are seemingly germaine to the lead up to the...

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