Category: Current Affairs

Another candy holiday.

February 14th is coming whether you like it or not.  For those without an intended object of affection all of the ads for cards, flowers and candies can make it seem like one is being left out of some exclusive membership to Noah’s Ark.  On the other hand, those leaving their hearts in hands of another run the risk of unrealistic expectations of gifts to give or get.  Really, it’s a dicey holiday, at best.   Years ago, I had […]

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Superbowl XLIVADvertising

Another Superbowl has come to a close and this year the game was as exciting as the commercials (and I can’t always say that).  Those Colts, led by Peyton Manning (who connects footballs to teammates as if by laser beam) showed the world WHY they were worthy of their appearance at the Superbowl … but, I know that the Saints winning gives the folks of New Orleans some pep back in their step and I was cheering for them.   […]

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What a day to be a groundhog.

Poor Punxsutawney Phil.  They coaxed him out of his cozy hole to take a gander at his shadow, which everyone else says predicts another six weeks of winter and then the whole country seems to be mad at him.  They say that since 1887 Phil has seen his shadow 98 times, hasn’t seen it for 15 and for 9 of the years since then there are no records available.  Instead of ranting, raving and blaming six more weeks of cuddling […]

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It never rains in California —

— but girl, don’t they warn ya, when it pours?  Man, it pours.  Sunny Southern California has been hit, and hit hard, this week by storm after storm.  Lots of folks around town talk about how much we need it, but gosh it would be nice if Mother Nature parceled it out a bit better.  The poor folks in La Canada/Flintridge nod heartily in agreement as they worry about mudslides due to last year’s wildfire scorched hillsides and this year’s […]

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I’m holding out for a hero.

Newsweek ran an article this month called Celebrity —  The Greatest Show on Earth devoting five pages to discuss America’s near hero worship and obsession with modern celebrity and how we hang on every personality tic of those who are only “known for their well-knowness.”  With all that’s going on in the world with healthcare, money woes and whatnot … Newsweek gave up FIVE glossy, multi-colored pages to those living in glass multi-angle houses who hold their hands up to […]

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Pardon me, while I catch my breath.

There are those who believe if you haven’t reached your potential (whatever the heck that really means) by a certain age that you are doomed to live out the rest of your natural days as an aging failure and waste of space.  Even the hit TV show American Idol has a cap on age, as the contestants can only range from 16-28 years old, so those closing in on 30 will have no chance whatsoever to be idolized.  Which is […]

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Fast & Cheap.

The New York Times recently stated in an article that the reason American have been getting more obese over the last couple of decades has to do with the increased consumption of fast foods.  They also cited a recent study by the researchers from the University of Chicago and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found low inflation-adjusted minimum wages are party to blame for increased obesity.  Sigh.  Why is it that the cheap, quick foods that fill […]

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