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SLANDEROUS NEWS

The media today has had to prove themselves accountable for each story they put out there.  The fact that news is no longer really edited until after the fact, leaves their stories full of holes and often untruths.  The term … Continue reading

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ARTIST OF DEATH

My father in law became part of the family mortuary business which his father established before him. He had a keen eye.  He was able to restructure faces which had been mangled or disfigured by disaster –  burned –  cut –  bruised – suffering … Continue reading

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ONE, TWO, THREE STRIKES – YOU’RE OUT!

Here in Minnesota we have the Twins as our representatives in Major League baseball.  Not since their big World Series win, in 1991 against the Atlanta Braves, has there been so much excitement for the team. Yet when spring training starts, … Continue reading

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ADVENTURES OF THE OLD WEST

Several years go, I wrote a play for my children’s theater about the old west.  It was called, WILD WEST WOMEN & A FEW GOD MEN.  The play spun a story of many of the women of the west, which required … Continue reading

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DON’T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS

I’ve always liked cowboys.  I married one. He never branded a cow or roped a steer, but he happens to be an 1800’s kind of a guy.  Cowboys and outlaws and men of the west were always considered to be quite … Continue reading

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ANOTHER VOICE

If you grew up in the Baby Boomer era, there is no excuse for not knowing about Fractured Fairy Tales or the Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.  These characters ruled the air waves and became part of our culture from … Continue reading

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KING OF COMEDY

When I teach young students about comedy, I often reference this man.  Most of them have never heard of Jerry Lewis.  He was a star when I was growing up.  A time when comedy was ridiculous, slapstick, funny.  It took … Continue reading

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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE

I still have the baby dish I was fed from, but I’m quite sure there weren’t any silver eating utensils.  I was considered wealthy, from a human standpoint, when my husband’s business was thriving, but that was only a short time, so … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Ever wonder where the term “boycott” came from?  I guess I just assumed it was a word that came out of protesting or some kind of free speech thing.  Well, I found out today, where the word came from.  It … Continue reading

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A ONE AND A TWO AND A …

“We cater to the people who want a melody as it was originally written. Our audiences want songs that tell a story. We don’t want any song with questionable moral standards.”  LAWRENCE WELK It was the beginning of the 50s … Continue reading

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FIRST HUMAN IN OUTER SPACE

Yuri Gagarin, the first man to venture into outer space in 1961, was born a few years before I was. On this day in 1934, near the town of Gzhatsk, Russia, a so-called peasant couple brought their third of four … Continue reading

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PAPER OR PLASTIC OR …

  “I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.”  Joan Rivers. As I was talking to a friend the other day about how we’re aging,  she asked if I had ever looked … Continue reading

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IT TAKES A THIEF

In 1702, on this day, a young lad was born in London, England.  His parents were average folks, but Jack Sheppard was born into poverty.  His dad was a carpenter and even though he died when Jack was quite young, … Continue reading

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ROMAN CHRISTIAN RULER

Born on this day in the year 272 AD, Constantine, the Great, was the first Roman Emperor to embrace Christianity during is reign.  His father , Constantius, was tolerant and skilled in the politics of the day.  Being a military officer, he … Continue reading

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MAKING AN IMPRESSION

Self Portrait Pierre-Auguste Renoir Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born on this day in 1841.  One of six children, he would eventually become one of the greatest artists of the early twentieth century.   His father and mother were a tailor and seamstress.  … Continue reading

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MUSIC THAT MOVED A KING

George Frederic Handel was born on this day in 1685 in Halle, Germany.  He showed an early interest in the study of music, but his father felt it a worthless career choice and insisted there be no musical instruments in the house.  … Continue reading

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WINNING BY A NOSE

Eddie Arcaro was born on this day in 1916, the premature son of Italian immigrant parents.  He would only reach 5’2″ in his adult life.  Being small allowed him to become one of the greatest thoroughbred horse racing jockeys of … Continue reading

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AARON MONTGOMERY WARD

Born on this day in 1842, in Chatham, New Jersey, Aaron Montgomery Ward was part of a large family with modest means.  His father moved the family to Niles, Michigan when Monty was nine years old.  As was the case … Continue reading

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