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When Life Becomes The Focus of Art

"Each generation of pilots hopes that they will leave their profession better off than they found it." -  Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

In my opinion, you'd be hard-pressed to not find someone who's heard of Captain Sully and the Miracle on the Hudson.  As someone who was working in the broadcast news industry when that water landing happened, I can fully attest how this story mesmerized the American people.  And now we get the story behind the story thanks to the amazing duo of Clint...

Between The Rock And A Shark Place

"I'll be honest, I haven't ruled politics out."  - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

 

According to a June 7th opinion piece in The Washington Post by Alyssa Rosenberg, "The Rock" says a political run may not be out of the question one day.  And I say... why not!  He's got the presence, charm, charisma and smarts to at least LOOK the part of a candidate (presidential or otherwise).  And it wouldn't be tough to smell what Mister Johnson would be cooking.  That's because he'd have history on his...

The Highest Highs And Lowest Lows

"A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting."  - Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

Can you recall a weekend that was both heart-stopping and heartbreaking?  History made in the NBA Finals.  And tragedy for a rising Hollywood star.  So how to you talk about both in one blog?  By reminding us all that for every joy there is sadness.  And for every terrible night, the morning breaks anew.  I know that sounds like a very...

When A Ban Is More (Or Less) Than Just A Ban

"“I think at this point, we are perfectly satisfied with not having him on.” - Seth Meyers

So... Late Night talks shows are political?  In other news, water found to be wet.  This week Seth Meyers said "The Donald" is now persona non grata on his NBC talker "The Late Show."  Meyers told Variety the move comes in response to Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric.  Here's what he told Variety, "To be clear, this is bigotry, plain and simple. To claim that any group of people — immigrants or anyone...

Stand Firm in the Face of Terror

"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day." - Thomas Jefferson

My heart goes out the victims and families of the senseless massacre in Orlando.  Theirs is a loss most can (and hopefully will) never truly comprehend.  In the hours since this attack (and, yes, kids, that's what it IS) sides have already become divided over the what and the why of this atrocity.  So, allow me to add my attempt to set the...

Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." -  Groucho Marx

NO - this will not be an endorsement for ANY candidate in ANY race.  I learned a long time ago political beliefs are unwavering chunks of granite that one never moves in another. So I'm not even gonna try.  I know who I support and you know who you support (or at least I hope you do.. if not.. get your dumb ass educated).  Instead, we need to talk...

Hollywood Can Learn Something From Miss USA

"A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars." - Carly Simon

Yeah, you read that headline correctly.  Hollywood CAN learn a thing or two from the Miss USA organization.  Before I dive head-long into this, let me say congrats to our new Miss USA Deshauna Barber.  The 26-year old Army Officer from the District of Columbia is the first member of the military to win the contest.  And during the pageant, she told the judges that women are, "just as tough...

Another Sad Entry in an Unnecessarily Large Book of Passing

"To die, to sleep.  To sleep, perchance to dream."  - William Shakespeare, Hamlet

I have lived long enough to see the passing of some legendary names:  Johnny Carson, Michael Jackson, Joan Rivers, Robin Williams, Bernie Mac... and, sadly the list goes on and on.   Of course, the name on everyone lips (and most recent celeb lost) is Prince.  Now we learn that Prince Rogers Nelson "died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose."  (per Variety).  And if you're like me that asked, "What's that?' ...