Monthly Archives: November 2012

Stalemate in Imaginary America

For many there is this hypothetical America that once existed and to which we must return. That’s the America where you graduated from high school or college, sowed a few a wild oats if you had any in you – … Continue reading

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Haggling Time

There are people who love street markets abroad and garage sales at home, primarily because they love being able to talk down the price of whatever it is, with elaborate theatrics. You can pretend to be insulted by the high … Continue reading

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Graciousness

Never marry into an important family of high achievers – the work of being gracious will kill you. Back in the eighties it was the late afternoon chit-chat at the Pentagon, a room full of political biggies and old men … Continue reading

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Grumpy Old Men

After thirty years in Southern California, and almost twenty years here in the heart of Hollywood, it has become painfully obvious that no one knows a damned thing about marketing, even if they make obscene amounts of money churning out … Continue reading

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A Way of Seeing Things

Christmas Eve, 1998, was the strange one – sitting quietly in the hospital room in Pittsburgh, with the parents each in their separate beds, each drifting in an out of consciousness – and accepting that. They’d be back at the … Continue reading

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The Softening

If we are to believe Charles Dickens in that Scrooge story, now playing endlessly in many versions on your television, along with Charlie Brown and Frosty and the Grinch, Dickens would have been part of the original Occupy Wall Street … Continue reading

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Going Dark

It’s time for a pause, and Thanksgiving weekend with family far from here in Hollywood. Commentary will resume in a few days, if there’s something to talk about. But there always is of course.

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