Monthly Archives: February 2016

White is the new black

When I moved to live here in Boca Raton, over 20 years ago, it was a surprise move for me. I had always expected to stay “down south”, closer to my Miami roots. My job at the time made the move sensible, as it was a (relatively) quick jaunt to work from my current home,… Read more »

There’s only one “I” in reading

Frankly, I don’t know how you all do it…I barely manage. Barely.  It’s even caused me to change my reading selection for this week. After trudging through an “okay” book that punished me even further by being written in first-person, I had a terrible premonition that I raced to check out. Sure enough, the next… Read more »

What’s in your wallet?

Never mind life expectancy, how’s your financial expectancy? In between the insults, disinformation and obfuscation during the presidential election process, occasionally an issue is accidentally discussed. As we get nearer to the general election, where both sides need to reach out to all beliefs, one issue that is important to everyone, on the left or… Read more »

Pounding the self-fulfilling prophecy drum

Before he was a tennis champion, Andre Agassi was famous for more flash than success. His iconic series of advertisements with the tag “Image is everything” epitomized that era. These days, we face a troubling echo of that slogan, more accurately now defined as “perception is everything”.   As I watch the current turmoil in… Read more »

Slimming down for Valentine’s Day

My last batch of Valentine’s Day cards are winging their USPS-loving way to their local destinations (distant locations were mailed days ago). With that, my Hallmark moments are nearly complete. In the time between now and soon-to-be, I have some hours to reflect on the changing nature of Valentine’s Day for me over the many… Read more »

Recommended reading

There are a lot of books in the world. Lots. So many, that it is impossible anyone can read them all in one lifetime. Add in the recent upswell in self-published books and you have an enormous (and potentially confounding) amount of reading out there. During my heavy reading period, I easily devoured all the… Read more »

Paperback memories

Now that I’m back in the reading saddle, I can see the end in the trail ahead.  Soon, all too soon, I’ll run out of “real” books and have to switch over to my Kindle. That’s okay, actually, since I need to catch up on the enormous backlog from my review group (sorry, gang!), but… Read more »

No news is bad news

Really bad. Awful. Hard to watch, read or hear. I’m sure you’ve noticed. How could you not? We’re surrounded with it constantly. I was hoping the occasion of the once-every-four-years presidential election process might provide some relief, but I underestimated the proliferation of “news” sources, made even more ineluctable by the presence of the internet…. Read more »

Under promise or under deliver?

Right about this same time last year. Weird how that works out. Does that mean I’m repetitive or just harping on the subject? Oh, I see I’m musing out loud (in type) again before I’ve brought you into the conversation. Whups! I’ve gone over with you how the weather has given me more opportunity and… Read more »