Month: <span>April 2018</span>

To say that this has been a volatile 14 months with Donald Trump in the White House is an understatement. There seems to be something new, often spurring controversy, on a daily basis, and it often starts with a Tweet. Secretaries of State and Health and Human Services, a Chief of Staff, an FBI Director, […]

We seldom pause to contemplate the literal meaning of commonly used expressions or phrases. Many have evolved over hundreds of years. Others are relatively new. Then there are those infused with new life due to modern events. For example, it is almost impossible nowadays to ignore the word “Trump,” but it is key to an […]

The internet is alive— you might say crawling—with websites consumed with churning out fake news and misinformation. It is amazing how many of these sites there are. Then there are the bloggers who get much of this stuff started— even to the point of being legitimized on Facebook and other social media until it is […]

What product used the irritating slogan “Ring around the collar!” in its commercials? If you said Wisk, you are one of the few who remember. Many of us recall the slogan, mostly because it was so grating, but few remember the product that supposedly removed “those dirty rings.” For the record, there is no longer […]

As we all know by now, there is a website for everything. I’m talking websites about businesses, hobbies, illnesses, medicines, vitamins, addictions, dogs, cats, fat, vacations, search engines, scams and, yes, websites, just to name a few. There is even one on memory loss, but, if you are like me, you’d better write it down […]

It’s funny how people in your life are there, flashing bright, briefly and with intensity, and then they are gone. This is especially true of military service in general and wartime duty in particular. You mourn the loss of guys you were close to— literally a “band of brothers,” as coined by Stephen Ambrose about […]

It’s a beautiful Tuesday morning as I write this. Outside my living room window I see sunshine and blue skies creased by wispy clouds. It is all a deception, because they say another nor’easter is on its way. Nobody ever says “northeaster” by the way, because it just doesn’t sound right. Why do we suddenly […]

Nobody likes pain, and some of us will do just about anything to avoid it. I’m not fond of it myself, but I seldom take so-called pain relievers or any medications, for that matter. In fact, I have managed to avoid prescription drugs as part of my daily routine at the age of seventy, though […]

February, 2018—I’m writing this column from the southern shore of Tampa Bay in America’s sunniest city, St. Petersburg, FL. So let’s get the Snow Bird horn blowing out of the way. Yes, it is warm and sunny, and I realize folks back home are tired of cold, ice and snow. So what if it’s 72 […]

A couple of years ago I wrote a column about the colorful language of old radio scripts, mostly the detective tales of Sam Spade, Richard Diamond, Philip Marlowe and others. They abounded with similes, metaphors and analogies, and they were especially prominent in a radio detective show called “Pat Novak for Hire” as portrayed by […]