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I need a hero....

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. Thomas Jefferson
As I watch the government unfurl, stagnate and stumble the song that keeps going through my mind is "I need a hero".  Yes in a time of immense crisis I am hearing a pop song that at last was used in an animated movie called Shrek.  Yet it fits perfectly.  


I am not in favor of big government and excessive taxation (after all it is exactly that excessive taxation that started the "shot heard round the world" aka American Revolution).  I also am not in favor though of cutting things that the good folks in DC seem to keep calling entitlements (by definition something you get for nothing) since as I look at my paycheck I know I pay for Social Security and Medicare.  How can we cut from those in need in this country while writing a check to any other place on the globe when they need it?  Yet watching the debacle I see now going on in Washingto…

Middle Age Crazy

Truth be told I am officially middle aged.....by any standard it is true, life expectancy being in the 80s (90s if you are lucky) turning 44 puts me smack dab in the middle of my life.  I am trying very hard to feel that this actually means something to me.  I look back on my years and the magazines I read reflect my aging process in my teens it was Teen Beat and 16!, twenties Cosmo and Glamour, thirties Marie Claire and Elle, now food magazines and More. My medicine cabinet went from baby oil for tanning to hair products to moisturizers to things with names like "the youth as we know it" and the word miracle liberally applied on the bottles.


In my teens I was friendly, funny and totally insecure about everything from the way I looked to the boys I liked and of course to any sort of ability I could possibly have.  I knew one thing, I was funny....got that from Dad along with some of the above insecurities.  Since I was funny I usually was pretty good at laughing at myself and…

Video killed the radio star..

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Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders.Margaret Mead

First song ever played on MTV...don't think it actually killed the radio star but it did make us a generation that had yet another thing to watch on TV.  I admit it...I like TV.  I know the "in" thing these days is to get rid of it, to pass judgement on those who watch  it or what is on it but to me like anything else TV is there to be entertaining and nothing more. 


I remember watching TV, black and white, 2 channels, went off at 9 pm in Romania.  I liked it as a child mostly because of the few American shows that were on...they connected me to my parents who were in the same land.  I wanted to meet Rockford, Kojak and had quite the crush on Sydney Poitier. As I arrived in the States I was astounded by the number of channels, the color, and learned quite a lot about the English language from Electric Company and Zoom (tele ...vision - television).…

Boys of Summer

Guess it is hard not to want summer romances - after all movies, plays and music have a multitude of stories about hot, steamy days and nights spent enjoying vacations, sun, the beach and of course the boys of summer.  I think back with fond memories of the many vacations I took with and without my family and of course of the boys that made those summers.


My friend Mary and I went with her parents to Virgina Beach one year when I was about 12.  We drove there, sitting in the back of their station wagon singing (no walkmen yet), talking, most likely complaining about the drive and looking forward to being together.  As only children these trips with another child were really special.  When we arrived at the house we were renting, an attached dwelling, we found the family next door to us had 2 boys.  They were roughly our age, well one was, the older boy was I believe around 16.  I do not remember their names but I do remember how excited the 2 of us were, after all every preteen movie …