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 […]

Strut!

Strut!

Everyone loves a parade! That sounds like something somebody famous said once and then everybody else repeated it forever afterward. But it turns out it’s just one of those things everybody knows and nobody claims as the first to say it. It’s just true. We never get tired of parades. No matter how weird. Parades […]

…So What Comes Next?

…So What Comes Next?

“Thanks!” When, somebody says “Thank you” to me, it usually prompts me to say – since I was raised to be a polite little boy who still tries to remember that from time to time – “You’re welcome.” And that is that. Book closed. Thanks and you’re welcome are usually enough. It’s enough for passing […]

A Taxing Issue

A Taxing Issue

Death and taxes, they say are the only two inevitabilities on the planet. Everything else can be rescheduled, dodged or bargained away. Benjamin Franklin usually gets the credit – or the blame – for saying so. Funny thing, though… no matter how inevitable, neither one of those things is particularly enjoyable. Fortunately, 20th century comic […]

Risky Business

Risky Business

Risk pays off! “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” That’s how Facebook multi-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg sees it. Some financial advisors do tempt high-risk investors with high gains… if you want to join the […]

man·u·fac·to·ry

man·u·fac·to·ry

[man-yuh-fak-tuh-ree] Noun (archaic) Definition: A factory. The word factory is not a new word. It is an old word with its hand cut off. The word manufactory comes from Latin, manufacta, (manu = hand + facta = made): made-by-hand. Manufactory was common English from the late 1700s up until the early 1900s. Maybe your grandpa […]

This isn’t funny…

This isn’t funny…

Some things aren’t funny… But some of them are worth talking about. We live in a privileged age in a privileged place. Believe it or not, that is a problem. It makes some things hard to imagine, even if we should. A few of us have traveled to places where our privileges are not common […]

Music…

Music…

“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life,” said Tom Petty, who died unexpectedly a few days ago, the legendary lead singer of the Heartbreakers and the Traveling Wilburys. “There’s not some trick involved with it,” he said. “It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and […]

Hunting

Hunting

We are all hunters by nature, even if you don’t own a gun and I don’t own a bow and some arrows. For instance… “Where did I put my glasses this time?” Another hunt is on. See what I mean? Whenever there is something we want or need, we become happy hunters. Hunting does not […]

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