You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world Lyrics by John Lennon How apropos since it is nearly Independence Day, since we are celebrating our own version of revolution. America is … More Revolution?

By Way of the Elm

Goodbye my old stalwart friend Nearly extinct by a tiny life force The mighty one unable to defend Strong and ripped like a race horse   On every American Main Street Tree houses and tire swings Every kid has climbed skyward Fanciful adventure rings   Many childhood days spent in the air Invisible in a … More By Way of the Elm

The Grand Re-Opening

Here we are, a few days shy of mid-May.  Most businesses have been closed for about two months, as stay at home orders have directed people to take shelter and refrain from gathering. Starting this week, many businesses are re-opening, along with restaurants, but with restrictions on the number of patrons and keeping distance between … More The Grand Re-Opening

Thurston Howell III

Jim Backus played the egotistical, but lovable millionaire Thurston Howell III on Gilligan’s Island.  Howell made his money the old fashioned way, he inherited it from dear old dad.  Backus, who also voiced Mister Magoo, played Howell as loud, but insecure and convinced that money was the only universal language.  Howell and his wife Lovey, … More Thurston Howell III

Duck and Cover Your Head: Living in the Age of Thermonuclear War

Many of us grew up in the time of very testy relations between America and the Soviet Union following the Second World War.  This dislike settled into what was known as the Cold War, where direct confrontation somewhat lessened, but the nuclear threat became embedded in a war by proxy. As a kid, the nuclear … More Duck and Cover Your Head: Living in the Age of Thermonuclear War

The Space Force

I wanna join the space force To sail among the stars Planting my country’s flag And colonizing Mars With visions of Star Trek Armed with deadly warheads We’ll blast any alien bodies And set up American homesteads Kissin’ space babes like Captain Kirk With fasers set to awesomeness Recruiting TV model space cadets Based solely … More The Space Force

The Simpler Life

A simpler life has many definitions. Maybe it means less cares or stresses, fewer responsibilities, no money worries, retirement, or maybe it’s a vision of how life used to be. Watching To Kill a Mockingbird one night jogged my memory of many years ago. The film is set in the Depression and everyone is struggling.  … More The Simpler Life