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"On Further Consideration..."

Posted May 18, 2010 | 17:47:46 (EST)

If you're a regular person like myself, impressed by quick-mindedness, a lofty position and personal magnetism, it is easy to be bowled over by a well-turned aphorism tossed off by a charismatic phrasemaker. On its first hearing, the proclamation sounds delightful and insightful. A private revisiting, however, may leave you...

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The Certainty of Belief

Posted May 3, 2010 | 15:04:00 (EST)

Eddie Izzard is my favorite comedian right now, so we went to see his live show. Sometimes he performs in a sequined dress, but this time, when he appeared on stage, he wore jeans and a jacket with tails. Not animal tails, but tails like orchestra conductors wear. Perhaps that...

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A Final Comment on the Olympics

Posted March 3, 2010 | 12:49:55 (EST)

I watched curling for two weeks. And I still have no idea what they were doing.

I knew some stuff from before. I used to watch curling in Canada. Curling is a winter sport, and I'd watch anything that would keep me from going outside.

(Actually, I drew the...

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Liberals Abroad, Invited to Dinner

Posted February 23, 2010 | 12:24:12 (EST)

One of the cornerstones of the liberal belief system is an unequivocal respect for the diversity exhibited by other cultures, their mantra concerning those countries' habits, as compared to what we're used to at home: "It's not better or worse. It's just different."

Accept people as you find them....

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I'm Tired of Hearing It

Posted February 17, 2010 | 10:42:02 (EST)

Sometimes, I hear things said on TV I'm almost certain are not true. And I'm tired of hearing them.

Sometimes, I'm almost certain the thing that's being said on TV is not true, because it fails the "That doesn't sound right to me" test. And sometimes, I'm...

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Changing Gestures Are Signs of the Times

Posted January 22, 2010 | 17:14:00 (EST)

I didn't have a blog when I first noticed this. So I'm writing about it now. What "it" is, I'll return to shortly.

Things change. Fashion is constantly on the move. Wide ties, narrow ties; short shirts, shorter skirts. This is nothing new. Changing fashion has been with us forever....

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Blind Spots

Posted December 17, 2009 | 18:59:31 (EST)

I imagine every show has its "blind spot," the thing they never mention, because if you did, the show wouldn't work anymore. I'm not experienced in hour shows, though I imagine they have them too. I'll stick to the stuff I know.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Mary Richards was...

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'Winning'

Posted December 14, 2009 | 16:54:16 (EST)

I once wrote an episode of Rhoda called "Brenda, The Bank Girl." The story involved Rhoda's sister, Brenda, who, despite being congenitally non-competitive, is goaded into entering a contest at the bank she works at, the winner of which gets anointed, "The Bank Girl."

As the episode goes on, Brenda...

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"My Football Dilemma"

Posted October 20, 2009 | 16:05:04 (EST)

Of all the major sports -- of which I include hockey, though others may disagree, believing it can't be a major sport if its nationally televised games are broadcast on Channel two hundred and seventy-five -- the sport I am least enthusiastic about is football.

There are reasons for that....

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"The Free Speech Exception"

Posted August 25, 2009 | 18:12:23 (EST)

Free speech is a wonderful thing. When used responsibly. But right now, that's not happening. People are saying things, for example, about health care, that they know are not true, and nobody can stop them. You can challenge their arguments with evidence proving what they're saying is not true, but...

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Report From Hell - One of a Series

Posted June 24, 2009 | 12:50:35 (EST)

It happens to everybody. Today was my turn.

Backstory

For a number of years, we've been signed up with a low-priced, long-distance service called Telecom USA. Really liked it. No basic fee. Pennies a minute to call England and Canada. I have family in Canada, and my daughter Anna spent...

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"The 'Annual Inefficiency'"

Posted April 22, 2009 | 11:38:53 (EST)

It's Pilot Season. The time of the year when the commercial television networks make sample episodes for series they hope will be more appetizing than the series whose sample episodes they made during Pilot Season the year before.

The problem is, the same executives, or people cloningly similar those...

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"Whose Blog Is It, Anyway?"

Posted April 16, 2009 | 14:46:00 (EST)

The assumption is that a blog represents the uncensored expression of the blogger's
thoughts and feelings, hopefully skillfully enough delivered as to be worthy of the busy time of strangers. But that's a bonus, the "skillfully enough delivered." On its most basic level, a blog is simply a platform...

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Agreements

Posted April 8, 2009 | 13:14:48 (EST)

Years ago, I watched a documentary on PBS that came to a disturbing conclusion about the television rating system. This was no phony-baloney opinionator talking off the top of his head like, well, okay, me. The producers interviewed many knowledgeable people in the field. These guys were legit. Wait, I'm...

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The Mother of All Analogies

Posted March 16, 2009 | 16:18:45 (EST)

I'm surprised I haven't told you this already. It's maybe my favorite analogy formula of all time. Lemme tell you something. This thing changed my life. Okay, that's over the top. But I promise you, after you hear it, you'll be noticing analogizing examples everywhere you look.

The prototype...

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Uncle Grumpy Pleads His Case

Posted March 3, 2009 | 00:21:23 (EST)

Come on, Nephew. One more post.

Cable news. Again?

They're driving me nuts!

If it's driving you crazy, don't watch it.

"Pay not attention to that mole on your nose." That's no answer. You ignore something important, you wind up with half a nose.

Look, nobody takes...

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"'Oscars' Post-Mortem Rant"

Posted February 24, 2009 | 11:12:09 (EST)

I watched the last hour of the Oscars. Before that, I was at a yoga class. This particular practice is called "Restorative Yoga." You do an hour-and-a-half of poses without ever standing up. When I originally took "Restorative", I characterized it as napping with strangers.

(This is a tiny...

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Nature and That's It

Posted February 18, 2009 | 17:37:33 (EST)

You hear it all the time: There's "nature" and there's "nurture." "Nature" implies, "Chip off the old block." Literally. "(S)he's just like me." This is usually expressed in a positive context. You rarely hear, "(S)he sets kitties on fire, just like me." On the negative side, "nature" provides a ready-made...

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The Immortality of the Name

Posted January 30, 2009 | 18:40:36 (EST)

Once, when she was younger, my stepdaughter Rachel and her mother were driving past a mall when Rachel, always curious, asked her Mom this question:

"Why is a store called Robinsons?"

"What do you mean?"

"How did that store get the name Robinsons?"

Her mother explained. "Robinson is the...

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"Feel-Good" Movies

Posted January 27, 2009 | 16:20:47 (EST)

Recently, on a TV news report, the reporter observed that when economic times get tough, movies inevitably take a turn to the "feel good" variety. During periods of gloom, audiences gravitate towards movies offering uplift and hope. You go in feeling bad; you come out feeling better. That's the theory.

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