Saturday, October 9, 2010
October can be considered the season of the weird I suppose in that our thoughts tend to turn to the bizarre, the spooky or just plain weird this time of the year.
I'm not a huge UFO person, but from time to time things catch my eye that draw my interest toward unidentified flying objects if only for a little while. Several recent news items have caught my eye and I wanted to take the time this week to share them with you and ask what you think about them.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
These days the airwaves are alive with ghost busters exploring cemeteries, abandoned hospitals, asylums, forts and prisons looking for the ultimate thrill, unmistakable evidence of life beyond the grave, namely a ghost or an entity. It definitely makes for interesting television especially as we move into the season of Halloween. Unfortunately the glut of television shows compress hours and hours of waiting into 60 minutes of seemingly crazy adventure. In real life, the situation is usually far from this glamorized ideal.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I was talking with some friends last week and we were discussing the differences in generations. Our ages were five to 10 years apart and I realized how much life has evolved in just the past 30 years. A few years ago I wrote a column about all the changes my great grandmother witnessed in 90 years of life on this planet, but as time has continued to move forward, the changes continue at what seems to be a continually accelerating pace and not all of them for the good.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Regular readers may recall in an earlier column I wrote about the Japanese art of paper folding known as Origami. If you remember the word origami is derived from the Japanese words "ori" for folding and "kami" for paper. There are related arts though to just paper folding which have interested me through my life although I learned about them through origami. In this column, I want to discuss an interesting new pastime that has piqued my interest in recent years. At least the art is new for me, but in reality it is not "new" in that it has been around for ages.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Society is so fast paced and we have such a tendency to look for the "next new thing" that we sometimes miss the old things that are still good such as films.
Kathryn was watching a children's show on PBS before we ate dinner last Friday and after we got done cleaning up in the kitchen, we returned to the living room to settle in and watch some television for the evening. Normally we watch something on TLC or the Food Network, but we coincidentally ended up in the room just in time to catch the film "Arsenic and Old Lace".
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Our government is based on being open and representative from the Federal government down to and including the smallest municipality. All of the business with some exceptions is conducted in public and it can be good, bad or ugly but it is debated and decisions are or should be reached publicly. People normally have the ability at a local level to also offer their input if they desire at appropriate times in a meeting.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
When are we going to say "enough is enough"? How long are we going to tolerate being beaten over the heads by the vocal minority in this country who continue to steal our rights and freedoms from us? When are we going to take personal responsibility for our decisions again? The sad, scary truth is that I think the answer might be never, especially if we continue down this road of apathy and "not my problem" -it is that has provided the platform to allow revisionists and radicals to rewrite our history.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
"You come from nothing, you are going back to nothing. What have you lost? Nothing! Cheer up you old bugger."
Those are lines from an old Monty Python song, "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life" which in its essence tells us that we can trudge through life and be annoyed and pity ourselves or we can recognize that life is not something to be taken seriously. Instead we should enjoy life because it is fleeting and one day we will be at the end and contemplating what we did with our lives.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
One does not need to look far to know how messed up the priorities of our leaders are in this desperate, sluggish economy. I have to wonder where Gov. Ed Rendell's brain checked out this week. The man is the consummate politician I will give him that, but he is also the poster child for how disgustingly irresponsible many of our leaders can be.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
There are key moments in life that stand out in one's mind as significant even though to others they may be trivial or mundane. We all have those key events in our life that shaped us into the people we are today. Like those milestones in life, there are certain songs or pieces of music that highlight, accentuate or define us at different times in our lives.