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February 2018

Singing like Connie Francis in a Poodle Skirt

A span of 54 years has not lessened the memory of that terror and immobilizing embarrassment. My lips moved but virtually no sound came out. The bandleader looked at me with alarm, trying to hush the musicians to barely audible. But there I stood, emitting not much more than whispers and sweat.

Silver Screen, Golden Years

The Strawberry Blonde

There is much bickering and posturing about modern women, whom Cagney disparages and about whom he scoffs with one of his many platitudes, “An empty barrel makes the most noise.” He will marry Olivia, but it will take until the end of the film before he actually realizes how lucky he is.

November 2017
Ellen Scolnic

We're the Old People Now

We couldn’t resist telling the parents that when we bought our strollers in 1987 they cost $99 and didn’t come with GPS, seating for three and ultra-padded dashboards. We’re the old people now.


How to Handle Seasonal Depression

Don't others feel exhilaration and sadness during religious and cultural celebrations? Perhaps, instead of how-to-avoid we need positive reinforcement and reassurance that, at times, it's okay to experience temporary depression.

October 2017
Social Insecurity

How Did We Get from Summer of Love to Summer of Bifocals?

Some folks look back at that period of pot-smokin’, free-lovin’ hippies with disdain. But I’ve got to tell you, all that wild and crazy behavior sounds pretty darn good to me at certain times nowadays, like when I’m sitting in the hospital lobby waiting to get my colonoscopy.

September 2017
As I Recall...

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

It was like wanting to learn to mow the lawn; once I had accomplished that, I was hard to find when it came time to actually mow.

Silver Screen, Golden Years

Drive-in Movie in the Age of Netflix

Between the two features, we got another ten-minute burst of a “Let’s all go to the lobby….” intermission with a cartoon family who gobbled refreshment stand goodies like goats eating the lawn, and large hot dogs and cups of soda coming to life and dancing for us. It would have been surreal, except that it was so comfortingly familiar and innocent. It was the kind of stupidity that didn’t make one angry; it made one smile.

Tunnel Visions

The Leaves of Brown Came Tumbling Down, And So Did the Branches

When I was a child of about eight, I thought everything had a life-force. Small animals, bugs, flowers, trees, perhaps even rocks and earth. I later learned this is called animism, the belief that all objects and creatures possess a spiritual essence, common in primitive cultures.

Social Insecurity

The Eternal Quest to Beat the Heat

Willis Carrier developed the air-conditioning process 115 years ago in 1902. The first home air-conditioning unit was 7 ft. high, 6 ft. wide, and 20 ft. long. Sort of like having a steam locomotive attached to your house.


Traveling in the Magical, Marvelous Station Wagon

My trips may be faster and more comfortable, but they’re infinitely less interesting than those treks across lonesome two-lanes and through small towns long vanished after being bypassed by four-lane freeways.

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