Happy birthday, George Gershwin.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
To my dad, and to his twin brother, too! (Can you tell who’s who?)
Swallows and Amazons.
The Wind in the Willows.
The cuckoo clock.
Red or green?
“Find the bottom.”
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Egypt — Christians now under attack.
U.S. weighs pros and cons of cutting aid to Egypt.
Gunman thwarted at school near Atlanta.
Three teens arrested in killing of Australian baseball player in Oklahoma.
Al-Jazeera America is on the air… (actually, on cable).
The Tigers lost to the Twins 6-3.
Happy birthday, SJW.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Not only is it the anniversary of Sam’s passing, it’s also the anniversary of the first step on the moon in 1969, the birthday of my friend The Old Professor, and the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the first broadcast of Interlochen Public Radio.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Who ordered the kosher plate?
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Happy 100th to William Inge, born in Independence, Kansas, on May 3, 1913.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
To my late grandmother.
Happy birthday, Grammie.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Explosions at Aleppo University in Syria kill dozens.
French pledge more troops for Mali.
No U.S. troops will go to Mali — but it doesn’t mean they won’t render advice.
New York Gov. Cuomo signs tough new gun laws.
Chuck for Chuck — Sen. Schumer endorses Hagel for Secretary of Defense.
House passes emergency aid for Sandy repairs.
Sub-Surface — Microsoft’s tablet computer isn’t selling very well.
Preservationists fight to save a house on Miami Beach’s Star Island.
Happy birthday, Rich.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
It’s the birthday anniversary of Victor Borge, born in 1909.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
And now for something completely different: Happy birthday, John Philip Sousa.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Sharing a birthday today, September 16:
- King Henry V of England (1386-1422)
- B.B. King: bluesman extraordinare
- Ed Begley, Jr.: actor and green activist.
- David Copperfield: the amazing illusionist.
- Mikey Rourke: actor.
- Amy Poehler: star of Parks and Recreation.
- Bobby Cramer: fictional character.
We had a great time at our little party last night, and even the pouring rain later in the evening didn’t dampen the spirits. Thanks for all the good wishes and the friendship.
Birthdays that end in zero are a little different; it’s the end — or the beginning — of a decade, and I can remember what I was doing on each of my birthdays that end with an 0: Fifty was spending the weekend in New York with my parents seeing “The Producers”; Forty was fly-fishing on the Au Sable River in Michigan with my dad (I caught a tree and my hat); Thirty was the first week of classes at CU-Boulder where I was starting my doctoral degree; Twenty was the beginning of my senior year at the University of Miami; Ten was beginning Grade 5 with Mrs. Cahill at Maumee Valley, and she was the first teacher I had that told me I had talent as a writer.
So what will I do for 70? I’ll start planning that now.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Tomorrow is my sixtieth birthday. I don’t normally go in for big celebrations, but 60 seems like a pretty big number, so I decided to invite some friends over for some drinks and light fare and — of course — some cake.
In honor of this birthday, my parents, in cahoots with Bob, came up with a great idea for some home improvement for the patio. Seeing as how I have a nice yard and a nice view of the waterway behind the house, having a place to sit and watch the occasional canoeist or jet-ski go by while I do the crossword puzzle makes perfect sense.
This past Tuesday I was greeted at home by a large box on the porch which later disgorged — with some assembly required — a lovely patio furniture set.
It goes very nicely with the aging teak furniture that I got nearly twenty-five years ago from the same thoughtful parents and has graced my yard in Longmont, Petoskey, Albuquerque, Coral Gables, and now here. The green fanny-pads and seat-backs were made by Allen, who liked to sit outside to read (and smoke), but didn’t like the slats making dents in his butt.
I’ll have some more thoughts on the beginning of my seventh decade tomorrow, but for now, I’m looking forward to welcoming friends and sharing good times and aged beverages (including Vernor’s Ginger Ale) with friends.
PS: Yes, you Tolkienists will recognize the post title. This party won’t have the same outcome.