Monthly Archives: December 2011

Assessment at Arbitrary Intervals

With only a few days left in the year the inevitable happens – the string of columns magically appears, columns that try to put just what the hell happened in the last twelve months in some perspective. And, as always, … Continue reading

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Glad-Handing

“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want.” Willy Loman – the salesman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a … Continue reading

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Droning On

It was a layered Christmas. Those of us who were kids in the fifties and came of age in the sixties are the quiet old folks now – that Animal House movie might as well have been about Ancient Rome, … Continue reading

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Always Sailing Again Into That Imaginary Past

It was one of the biggest hits of 1979 – What a Fool Believes – and went on to win the Grammy for Song of the Year – one of the very few non-disco hits that year. Yes, disco was … Continue reading

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Not Where We Started the Year

The year comes to a close, and that means we get the usual lists of what people have decided were the defining moments of the last twelve months – trying to satisfy that all too human urge to figure out … Continue reading

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Ah, Christmas

The blog and the photography site will go dark until Monday – no new postings. It’s off to points south, for Christmas with the family. Barring disaster, I’ll be back. But what could go wrong?

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Christmas with the Cranks

A quiet evening here in Hollywood – the eve of Christmas Eve – the presents wrapped and all is well for the drive in the morning, down the endless freeways, with the blue Pacific on the right – for the … Continue reading

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