A Season of Champions

A Season of Champions

There is only one number 1. Only one first place. Everybody else is an “Also ran.” So after this year’s Cinderella Super Bowl win by the Eagles, could the Patriots at least walk away saying – as any underdog can be heard to say in any good New York deli – “So what are we, […]

Control!

Control!

Control! Power! Command! Everybody has some. It’s what you do with your steering wheel, your TV remote and even whatever you chose to put in your hot, steaming morning mug of coffee. You are in control! But some days that’s where it seems to stop. There’s so much more I wish I could control. Take […]

Not smart enough…yet

Not smart enough…yet

Some time ago I began this column with these words: “Some people are dumb and some people are smart. There are dunces and there are Einsteins. That seems to sum it up… except for the rest of us in the middle. The question is how do you move along that line from dumb to smart? […]

A Global Village

A Global Village

A Canadian media scientist named Marshall McLuhan once predicted – a full 30 years before the World Wide Web was invented – that we would all one day become a global village, the whole world interconnected by a single electronic nervous system. We would be able to instantaneously spread ideas and images, greetings and gossip […]

The Volunteer Spirit

The Volunteer Spirit

The holiday season is past. And with it went our generous yearly visitor once again, our favorite, unpaid benefactor, the one who enriches children and adults alike, all at his own expense. And apparently he does it all just because he just loves doing it… according to the legend. Yes, Santa is a volunteer. He […]

The Phoenix

The Phoenix

Do you know the story of the Phoenix? The Phoenix was a magical, shimmering bird of ancient mythology, like a splendid eagle or a peacock that lived for five hundred years. Its blue eyes shown like sapphires. It died by building its nest as a funeral pyre where it burst into flames by a single […]

Cycles?

Cycles?

As a kid I mastered the tri-cycle. Then I graduated to the at-first-terrifying and then wonderful bi-cycle. What freedom! I could go anywhere just about anywhen I wanted. From three wheels to two was a top-of-the-line cool move. Then I discovered 4-wheels and the world was mine. Remember that? The best part was that before […]

Thinking is hard… So is counting

Thinking is hard… So is counting

So what will we do with: “It’s the thought that counts?” People who measure such things – if such things really can be measured – say that nearly 20% of all Christmas gifts are never even worn, used or displayed. From personal experience, however, I strongly suspect that is untrue for gifts that can be […]

Memories

Memories

Memories are useful, as in … ✓ Remembering where you live, ✓ Remembering your boss’s name, ✓ Remembering how to drive your car in our wonderful WNY snow. But sometimes your memory plays tricks on you or just fades away. It can leave you in a panic or embarrassed, as in… ✓ Where did you […]

Grandma got run over… again!

Grandma got run over… again!

Every time I hear that song… again… and again… I feel like I’m the one who got run over by the reindeer. OK, it was a very funny song. Once. Until about the 100th time. But it sure does say Christmas, doesn’t it? What can express the real spirit of the season better than a […]

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