Interruptions in Life

Reading can bring back memories, help to understand oneself with respect to the past, the present, and even give direction in life. It can stimulate the imagination and desire to create outside of a story, and make one's own stories. "The Song of the Lark" strikes many such chords for me. Through Cather's quiet introspective [...]

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Jeffrey Jones offered these very touching words upon the death of my mom.  She was an art teacher at New Richmond High School.  Her popularity among students, even those who never had her as a teacher, gained her the name Mart, for Ma' Art. After my graduation, Mart came up to me and said she [...]

Struggling to Understand

Thoughts on an article from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sunday, August 17, 2014 IGHGrampa writes about 'struggling to understand issues of Life (and Death)'. He reflects upon the suicide of Robin Williams, saying he had everything a person could possibly want, so how could he possibly want to take his life? Perhaps he has [...]

Mr. Poniewozik hits it on the nose in this article for Times Entertainment.  Romney may try to ax Public Television, but Big Bird will reign forever.

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Like most professional opinion havers who watched Wednesday’s debate, I thought Mitt Romneyhad a good night, but I was puzzled by his volunteering that he wants to end government funding for public broadcasting.

I wasn’t surprised that he said it; it’s been a conservative goal for about as long as there’s been PBS and NPR. But I was surprised by how he said it, as he was speaking to Jim Lehrer (ironically, of PBS): “I’m sorry, Jim. I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you too. But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it.”

I’ve been covering the waxing-and-waning threats to cut public-media funding long enough to know one thing. It’s the defenders of…

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On Doing the Right Thing

The recent discosure of Fareed Zakaria's plagiarizing makes me think of something which happened a long while back. When I was a freshman in college I had to write a paper for a 'Theatre History' class. When Professor Ron Perrier returned it to me, I was shocked and distraught to find I got a big [...]