Cool: What is it?

Sunday, June 26, 2016 9:46 PM In the pantheon of English language slang terms, none have displayed the longevity and relevancy of the word ‘cool.’ Protean in its ability to describe any number of situations, objects or persons, it has never gone out of style. In a word, ‘cool’ remains, well, cool.   What explains […]

Anniversary #35

Saturday, August 27, 2016 9:02 AM My dad died on August 27, 1981. My younger brother Julian reported the stunning news sometime around 10:00 that morning. Gave it to me straight, no chaser: ‘Dad died.’ No hint of emotion. His tone clear, calm, matter of fact. I don’t hold his demeanor against him. It’s congenital, […]

Morley Safer: Newsman

Friday, May 20, 2016 I awoke today to the news that longtime CBS journalist Morley Safer had died. He was 84 years old. That’s my mother’s age, though she’ll be 85 in nine days. Morley was doing segments on the television news show 60 Minutes right up until his passing as far as I know. […]