Groundhog Day

[It’s bad and getting worse, we all know that now. News out of New Orleans this week that Ellis Marsalis, Jr., the piano player, teacher, and patriarch of an amazing family of jazz musicians that includes sons Wynton and Branford, was taken by COVID-19. I can’t...

Life in the Time of Corona

[Looks like I’m the Harbinger of Coronavirus—three cities I once lived in or near are having their turns in the crosshairs of COVID-19: Chicago, on the outskirts of whose Greater Metro Area I was born and raised; New Orleans, where I spent my undergrad years and did a...

Tales from the Edge

[I just read the Sunday Washington Post and was stunned by the horrible coronavirus news from northern Italy—where Kay-Kay and I lived for three years with our kids back in the ’90s. It’s heartbreaking. As I write this, we in America don’t know how things are going to...

Sublimity of Stooges

[Kay-Kay and I spent the last week in Corornafornia… errr, Northern California… with Goober and Goldie (my grandkids) and Their Staff (my daughter Peanut and her husband JD). As a result, my literary endeavors have been limited to reading aloud Every...

Calling the Wild

Because the world needs Another Movie Remake, Hollywood continuing to be bereft of Very Many New Ideas, The Call of the Wild (2020 version) opened in theaters everywhere a couple of days ago. This is the fifth time the beloved 1903 Jack London book has been reduced to...

Assumed Conservative

I get it. Everyone seems to assume I’m a conservative. I’m like a cookie-cutter shape from the conservative demographic. Aging Boomer? Check. White Guy? Check. Born and raised in small-town Midwest? Check. Old Air Force officer? Big check. Here’s the thing. I’ve voted...

The Great War is Having an American Moment

The Second World War is definitely America’s Favorite War. Although somewhat delayed in our entry—we had to be poked in the eye with a very sharp stick by the Japanese—we were all in and went big. The First World War? Not so much. We were VERY late to that fight....

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