It's the season of possibilities--the time of year when life blooms and the slow drag of winter has finally come to an end. Even the rain is comforting--warm spring showers that smell like new growth and possibility. Both of my daughters were born...
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "Papa: Hemingway In Cuba" (Yari Film Group) "Papa: Hemingway In Cuba" is a movie about Ernest Hemingway's life during the mid 1950's. At this time Hemingway was at the height of his career as an award winning novelist, but his mental demons were...
The Life and Death of Daniel Berrigan By John Dear Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the renown anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam war and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, has died at age 94, just a week shy of his...
By Joseph R. Blasi Last week Chobani yogurt founder Hamdi Ulukaya gave his workers a taste of capitalism by granting them a share in the value of the company. Ulukaya, who is also the CEO of the company, promised 2000 employees ten percent of the value of the entire corporation...
Even the best jobs can lead to burnout. The harder you work and the more motivated you are to succeed, the easier it is to get in over your head.
Someone reached me out of the blue. It was a high-flying executive recruiter calling to get acquainted, no specific role in mind. She had heard from a shared acquaintance that I was "on the market". We established common ground, then: what had I done, what did I like, who did...
GERD MÜLLER -- Extended Synthesis Founding Father: ES REPLACES NEO-DARWINISM KEVIN LALAND -- Extended Synthesis Project Leader: ES DOES NOT REPLACE NEO-DARWINISM The Big Questions are these: What exactly is the extended evolutionary...
Chillpak Hollywood Hour,
Bringing it old school, New York comedian and former publisher of Comedy USA magazine Barry Weintraub has begun meeting up with comic buddies at a tiny studio that's been built at the Comic Strip to talk about the biz on his
Dean Opperman here the story of my encounter with the great Merle Haggard. It was 1983, i was co hosting the Dean & Don Show on KKDJ Fresno where the Fresno State basketball team had just won the National Invitational Tournament. Our morning show crooner, Bobby Volare, had cut a song commemorating the achievement, a parody of Merle Haggard's Okie From Muskogee called I'm Proud To Be a Bulldog From Cal State Fresno. It wasn't great but it was timely and with the Bulldogs getting national attention we had something of a hit on our hands. One of the local ad agencies saw this as a great promotional opportunity and offered to press a red vinyl picture disc of Bobby's song for commercial release but for perfectly valid legal reasons they wanted permission from the composer of the original song. Suddenly I was on the phone with Merle Haggard playing the song for him and his manager, Fuzzy. Now, I don't know if they were just being nice or what but they laughed like a couple of hyenas. "Son of a bitch," Merle said, "that kicked my ass!" "Wow, Merle," I said. "Thank you! That's high praise indeed!" "I'm not blowing smoke-- I mean it!" "So, it's OK if we use it then?" "Are you kidding? Merle said. "It'd be an honor." "Thank you Merle," I said, "We really appreciate this." "Now, hang on, Fuzzy wants to talk to you about the legal shit." "Yeah, Dean?" Fuzzy said. "We got a little problem here, buddy. Merle sold Okie From Muskogee to Buck Owens a few years back so you're gonna have to call Blue Book Music in Bakersfield and get the OK from his sister, Dotty." Dotty Owens wasn't friendly or receptive nor was there anything to indicate she had a sense of humor. I don't suppose I was ten seconds into Bulldog From Cal State Fresno when a roar came down the line that would have impressed Siegfried and Roy. "HOW DARE YOU MAKE FUN OF OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE," she said. THAT'S THE SONG THAT MADE MERLE HAGGARD A HOUSEHOLD NAME AND I SHUDDER TO THINK WHAT HE'D DO IF HE EVER HEARD WHAT YOU DID TO IT!" "Well, as a a matter of fact," I said. "I played it for him a few minutes ago and he laughed his ass off." "WAS HE DRUNK?" "I don't know, Dotty. We were on the phone." "WELL, IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYHOW CAUSE MERLE DOESNT OWN MUSKOGEE ANYMORE, I DO. AND IF YOUR VERSION EVER SEES THE LIGHT OF DAY I'LL SLAP YOU WITH THE BIGGEST GOD-DAMNED LAWSUIT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN... COMPRENDE?" Oh, I comprende'd all right. Deeply and thoroughly like a barium enema. We never released Bulldog From Cal State Fresno. Dotty Owens scared me so bad we burned the master tape. In fact, up till now there's been no evidence the song ever existed in the first place but now that Dotty and Fuzzy and Merle have all donned the pine overcoat, friends have convinced me its safe to go public with the story though I've got to say I do so with reluctance because there was something in Dotty's voice that convinced me she was not only capable of slapping me with the biggest god-damned lawsuit this country's ever seen, she might even do so from beyond the...
Much has been said during the 2016 presidential race about the need for a wall on the U.S./Mexico border, the asserted perils of the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the crimes attributed to undocumented immigrants. These opinions are formed primarily by candidates with little personal connection to the U.S./Mexico...
I interviewed David Tomb after he completed the installation to ask him more about how the project had evolved, and what it has accomplished.
When I signed on to Facebook this morning, it informed me that today was the Day of the Child. If we are going to give genuine and heartfelt tributes to children, how do we best go about doing that?
When it comes to the "trendy" vegetables of the moment, it not about the actual veggies. Rather, it's about transforming vegetables into things they are not -- like steak, carpaccio, chips and pasta. Eating healthy (and hipster) has never been so much fun.
Christina Wallace is the founder of BridgeUp: STEM, a new educational initiative at the American Museum of Natural History with a mission to captivate, inspire, and propel girls and minorities into computer science. It is funded by a generous $7.5M 5-year grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Trust....
Westword's Michael Roberts reported yesterday on The Denver Post's announcement that it plans to offer buyouts another 26 journalists: If this reduction is realized, the Post's newsroom will have lost more than a third of its workers in around a year. As we reported in June 2015,...
The Vision 2030 plan announced by Saudi Arabia this week is nothing short of astonishing. It is a renaissance project built on pragmatic and scientific foundations, and a collective workshop aiming to substitute nationalization, rentier, and top-down models with a liberal economic and social approach, a philosophy of rewarding creativity...
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Developing a successful morning routine is essential. While the above strategies are tried and true, you should build upon them with other activities that work for you.
Pfc. Philip H. Bauer's helicopter was shot out of the sky over Fallujah, Iraq, on November 2, 2003. Half of the thirty Calvary men and women in the helicopter survived the crash; Phil was one of them. He lost his...
Recent television pictures of protesters outside a rally of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Burlingame, CA, showed them carrying the flag of Mexico on sovereign US soil. This reminded me, yet again, of the domestic political time bomb of illegal immigration amidst our Presidential election this coming November. The...