During this time when we are besieged with politicians running for one thing or another, it is refreshing to know that other people are also running, not for elected office, but toward the finish line.
I love Halloween and I love the fantasy of Druids, witches on broomsticks and ghosts that set out to haunt us. Zombies are pretty cool, too, as long as they keep their distance. But I draw the line when it comes to assorted body parts as the latest signature piece representing the spirit of Halloween.
Among the many ‘titles’ bestowed on me by family members over the years, are “Best Italian Cook” and “World’s Greatest Mom”. I know this last one is true because I have a tee shirt to prove it.
Is there anyone who doesn’t get that we are living in tough economic times? Anyone still buying the fantasy that unemployment is dropping like a zeppelin or that America is heading for an economic upsurge? Reality sets in pretty fast when you take a close look at your paycheck and realize it is shrinking. It’s pretty clear that belts need tightening, but cuts in one area, the arts, will really hurt us all.
Women are notorious for being overly self-critical of themselves and of other women. Men are not immune from this, but women are the clear winners here. Maybe that’s because we compare ourselves to Angelina Jolie, bony supermodels and every other woman we see in the course of our day.
Remember those back to school commercials from a few years ago that featured ecstatic parents gliding along on a shopping cart in a school supply store? Their darling children stood frozen and expressionless as a voiceover could be heard singing, “It’s the mooost wonderful time of the year!”
I’m not one to reminisce much about the past because it’s enough for me to cope with the present. But there’s one thing that I would like to see in vogue again and that is, good manners.
One of the hottest topics in education today is how to keep students safe in school. This has nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks on our country. But it has everything to do with terrorists of another kind, the school bully.
World class athletic events usually produce household names that come to personify hard-work, courage and glamour. People like Gabby Douglas or Michael Phelps, got well-deserved gold medals after all their training and they deserve to be on the cover of Wheaties boxes. But would these athletes still be considered winners had they not won gold?