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Smart Phone Slavery

    SMART PHONES, NOT-SO-SMART PEOPLE. My daughter went to a Taylor Swift concert recently, and she was texting all night long instead of listening to Taylor whine about her old boyfriends.  Something’s wrong with that picture.  A multi-Grammy Award winner deserves more respect. Shortly thereafter, I was at a performance by Patti Lupone.  She grabbed the cell phone from a woman who was texting during a song, and she didn’t give it back until the end of the...

Run, Candidates, Run!

  HAVE YOU NOTICED? I’m a political junkie, totally hooked on the upcoming presidential election. And, boy, is Presidential Election 2016 providing me with a lot of entertainment! No soap opera could come up with a plot like this one!   I’ve lost count but I think we started out with something like 18 candidates between both the Dems and the Republicans. I’m not sure what we’re down to but the number is still “huuuge.”   What stands out to...

Reflections on the Rim of a New Year

The worst part about New Year’s Eve is that it cuts into my routine: sleeping, for example.  It’s the only time of year I am forced to stay up beyond my bedtime.  By 9:00 on most winter nights I am already snug in my robe, engrossed in a good book.  But on December 31st that changes.  I plummet into forced frivolity, attired in my traditional green taffeta dress, attending a party with people, who on any other night, are...

10 Commandments for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. OPINION – It really appears that the area I live in is in the midst of an epidemic of breast cancer.  I cannot figure out if this is true because we are fortunate to have access to some of the nation’s best doctors and thus we are reported on with more accuracy and frequency or whether we are, in large proportion, a privileged pocket of educated people who have in many cases the...

The American Healthcare System

AMERICAN HEALTHCARE: ARE WE LIVING LONGER? To use the vernacular in a droll way, discussions on America’s healthcare have “gone viral.” Let’s add to that. The primary object of “healthcare” is, and always has been, to keep us alive and in good physical and mental shape longer.  Objectively everything else is subordinate.  With that as the premise, it is logical to look at how long we are expected to live, hence the term average life expectancy. Average Life Expectancy,...

When it Comes to Love, It’s a Dog’s World

I have a radical theory with grave implications for the future of the human race:  Dogs are NOT “man’s best friend.”  Dogs are “woman’s best friend.” Isn’t it suspicious that best-sellers by women authors have titles like Love at First Bark, You Had Me at Woof and Bark If You Love Me: A Woman-Meets-Dog Story?  Do you see a pattern?  Why would a woman need a guy when she has a dog? All across America, dogs are scoring because...

Do You Remember Life Before…

The great thing about our age is that we can “remember when” while also marveling at how far we’ve come.  How did we manage without some of things that today we take for granted?  Here’s a quick review of LIFE BEFORE.  Which ones do you remember?  Comments welcome! Do you remember life before… AstroTurf? Seems like we’ve been staring at perfectly green sports fields forever.  But AstroTurf was first installed at the Houston Astrodome in 1966.   Two-letter state...

On Child Vaccinations

OPINION – There is no such thing as a “normal childhood illness” and that  includes measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, whooping cough, diphtheria,  tetanus, polio, hepatitis…all of which are preventable by immunization.  Is the science perfect? Of course not.  Nothing in life is.  However, to not give children the measure of protection they need  to avoid these illnesses is inexcusable and to base those decisions on rumors,  innuendo or on Internet data that has no scientific basis should never...

Celebrate Valentines Day Your Way

February 14th is Valentine’s Day, which this year falls on a Friday.  If, like me, you have celebrated this holiday several dozen times in various ways and with varying degrees of success, it is now time to rethink your approach to Valentine’s Day.  What should you avoid?  What must you embrace?  How can you celebrate Valentine’s Day YOUR way? Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day has its origins in a pagan festival that was celebrated by the Romans as a...

3 Tips to a Successful Marriage

OPINION – According to The Legacy Project, a Cornell University think-tank that collects and shares “practical advice from older Americans who have  lived through extraordinary experiences and historical events,” a long happy marriage IS possible—but there are three crucial elements for success.  Their recent article, “3 Secrets to a Long Marriage—From Those Who Made It,” should be required reading for anyone on their way to the altar. For those of us with many years of marital history (blissful or otherwise), here’s...

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