Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions
and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested
in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you.
I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size.
Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.
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For Many Americans, 9/11 is More History than Memory
Posted at: Sep/11/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights,
Today is September 11th, 2012, this is a meaningful date for me. I work with kids a great deal and it is clear to me this date has less significance for them. Even for my own sons the significance is not there despite my attempts at teaching. One of my sons at breakfast this morning merely made the passing comment “oh yea…this is September 11,” then the conversation returned to last night’s foot.....read more…
Is Man Done Exploring?
Posted at: Sep/06/2012 : Posted by: mel
A few days ago, Aug 25th of 2012 to be exact Neil Armstrong passed away at the age of 82. He is most remembered as the first man on the moon in 1969 with his famous words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” It has been over 30 years since mankind left any new footprints on moon. I don’t really want to eulogize Armstrong, though I will recount some of his exploits. .....read more…
Why are lists fascinating?
Posted at: Aug/27/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Perspectives,
Have you ever wondered why we are so fascinated by lists of things? We love those lists that countdown to “number one.” David Letterman has his daily list of top ten something’s. Television’s Animal Planet always does well with its list based programs; ten weirdest animals, ten most unique insect relationships, etc. Time magazine list of “The world’s Top 100 Most Influential People” is always a.....read more…
There are too many people in Jail!
Posted at: Aug/15/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Society, Watching America,
The United States leads the world at incarcerating its own people. As a percentage, we lock up more of our own citizens than any other country on earth. This growing population includes an increasing number of nonviolent inmates for longer and longer sentences. As budgets become tighter and tighter, federal, state and local programs including education are forces to sustain more cuts to keep al.....read more…
When do we call it performance enhancing?
Posted at: Aug/08/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives, Sports,
If you have followed any of the news about the London 2012 Olympics, you have likely heard of Oscar Pistorius. Oscar was born with missing fibulas (the outer leg bones). As a result of his condition, both of his legs were amputated below the knees as a baby. Despite this condition, Oscar has risen to become a noted sprinter in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes. He accomplishes these feats of r.....read more…
The fading of Amateurs from the Olympics
Posted at: Aug/01/2012 : Posted by: mel
If you are a person who likes quiet places, the Olympics are probably not going to be one of your travel destinations. Even if you watch the various sporting events from the comfort of your living room, there is still plenty of opportunity to cheer and make noise. Despite all this, one of the most significant events of the modern Olympics history took place with little more than a yawn to acknow.....read more…
Why I can’t stop watching the Andy Griffith show
Posted at: Jul/11/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Perspectives,
A few days ago, July 3 of 2012 to be specific Andy Griffith passed away at age 86. I am not going to eulogize him here. Some actors are remembered for the skill and character they bring to a role. These performances lead you to feel the role could not have been done as well by anyone else. In other cases, we remember an actor more for the project they were associated with and its timeless valu.....read more…
Do Politicians live on a different planet?
Posted at: Jun/28/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov, Watching America,
There have been a lot of articles recently discussing the wealth of those we elect to Congress. As we continue to mire in recession, this becomes an important issue. Our Congress is intended to be a “representative body”; between their accumulated wealth and their acquired benefits many of our elected officials appear to have less and less in common with the citizens they are charged with repres.....read more…
Sorry son, but you are not special
Posted at: Jun/14/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: People, Perspectives, Society,
When my oldest son was still in those single digit years we enrolled him in a performing arts school. I remember attending one of his schools performance recitals where my son had to do a jazz dance routine before all the other students and their parents. I still recall that for being a performing arts school, almost everyone was pretty bad at what they did in their performances. It was entert.....read more…
The Decline of Horse Racing
Posted at: Jun/12/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Sports,
Did you follow the news this last weekend? June 9th, 2012 was the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York. This is the historic third jewel of the American horse racing’s Triple Crown. This year’s race had more buzz than normal because “I’ll Have Another” was looking to become the first Triple Crown winner since “Affirmed” in 1978 having won at the Kentucky Derby and the.....read more…