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Entries by Michael Sigman from 05/2012

When I'm 63

| Posted 05.08.2012 | Fifty

Today my 63rd birthday looms and the cultural messages are mixed. It feels uncool -- bordering on shameful -- to acknowledge my age. Yet I'm told I should be thrilled because I look young, and that thanks to advances in medicine, "63 is the new 53!"

She Laughs Alone: 12 Things About Mom

| Posted 05.14.2012 | Parents

A neighbor once came knocking with daughter it tow, asking mom if said daughter could come in and watch my dad write a song. Mom explained, "He does most of his writing on the john."

Plop Goes the Weasel!

| Posted 05.22.2012 | Comedy

The ability to snatch the spotlight when good things happen and vanish the moment they go south is the domain of the credit weasel. Shamelessness is fundamental to superior credit weaseling. It's also a sine qua non for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

Howie Richmond (1917-2012): Music Publishing Pioneer With a Big Heart

| Posted 05.28.2012 | Entertainment

You may not know the name Howie Richmond, but without him, it's likely you'd have never gotten to know the music of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly and many other essential figures in American and European popular music.

Did The '60s End 'Too Late'?

| Posted 05.29.2012 | Fifty

Driving home to "Lawn Guyland" the day after graduating from Bucknell U. in Lewisburg, PA and blasting progressive rock station WNEW on the radio, I was struck by one of those other-worldly, pull-over-to-the curb musical moments.