Dali's Melting Watch

It’s Later Than You Think (for Resolutions)

“Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.” Herb Magidson. There was a time I’d have disputed Magidson’s assertion. If Montvale Elementary School had awarded majors, mine would have been in … Continue Reading →


Christmas for Scrooge

Have a Merry “May be” Christmas Mr. Scrooge

“Are these the shadows of things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be only?” Ebenezer Scrooge. At this point in A Christmas Carol, we’ve already … Continue Reading →


Bobbie the Wonder Dog

Bobbie The Wonder Dog’s Christmas Tail (?)

“Well done, Bobbie.” Frank Brazier. There are some things that simply defy rational explanation and Bobbie’s story is one of them.  Bobbie—better known as Bobbie the Wonder Dog—was a collie … Continue Reading →


Modeling

How to Fix Christmas

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they’ve never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin. I can personally attest to the truth of Baldwin’s observation. … Continue Reading →


Candles

Christmas Dark and Light

“It is far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.” W. L. Watkinson. It’s obvious, isn’t it? If you want to pierce the darkness, you have to … Continue Reading →


Thanksgiving Harvest Blessings

A Novel Idea for Thanksgiving

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep…” Irving Berlin. Irving Berlin couldn’t sleep. Try as he might, the relentless pressures of his hectic … Continue Reading →


Election Blues? You’ve Got Rights!

“A fanatic is always the fellow on the opposite side.” Will Rogers. Will Rogers made a career of drawing a straight line to the truth. He figured common sense was … Continue Reading →


Alice Roosevelt

Alice – The Other Washington Monument

“If you haven’t anything nice to say, come sit by me.” Alice Roosevelt. Alice was Teddy Roosevelt’s oldest child and by all estimates, she provided the President with some of … Continue Reading →


Stingy Jack

Who’s Stingy Jack?

“Most things are judged by their jackets.” Balthazar Gracián. Who would have thought that a guy named “Stingy Jack,” could have launched a $100 million industry? But it’s true—Stingy Jack … Continue Reading →


Dorothy and Toto in Oz

What’s Up With Oz?

Dorothy: Oh, will you help me?  Can you help me? Glinda: You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas. Dorothy: … Continue Reading →