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A Thousand I’s

ON PERSISTENCE Once, I drew a cartoon for my mailing list “caption this cartoon” contest. It was of an enormous housefly taking an order at a restaurant table for a man and a woman, who was holding a wine glass. The winning caption, which I still find funny, has the male companion saying to the

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TWO DEADLY ANNIVERSARIES

This month, my wife Tamra and I will observe two alarming anniversaries. Our 30th wedding anniversary. And our 40th high school graduation anniversary. (We both went to the same high school and graduated in the same year, although we weren’t a couple then. We were in one play together, Cyrano DeBergerac.) As it always does,

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To Sketch, or Not To Sketch

Something happens to me sometimes when I am drawing or painting; I have a realization about acting. They are related activities, of course, just very different kinds of art. Painting and drawing are more or less static. The actual art of it resides on a piece of paper or a canvas, not in one’s own

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JUST MY LUCK

My old friend, actor/screenwriter Jim Ritz used to have an expression when speaking of celebrities that were famous not due to talent, but to other circumstances; they were members of the “Hall of Luck”. Real talent gets into the “Hall of Fame”, but others get into the “Hall of Luck”. That always rang true for

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MESKIMEN’S LAW

Meskimen’s Law is a thing. I discovered it by accident years ago– it was on one of those daily tear off calendar pads, with a quote for the day, and there it was: Meskimen’s Law. “Meskimen” is not a common name, obviously. I don’t have to tell you. Imagine my surprise just to see the

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RICH LITTLE: The First and The Best

Rich Little, the First and Best By Jim Meskimen It’s true that the first person to excel at anything has a distinct advantage over those that follow. But in the case of impressionist Rich Little, he didn’t have to depend on that to achieve a mythic reputation as a remarkable entertainer. He had a superb

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The View From Here

As the bitter smoke from the recent election clears (or as smoldering ashes flare up and expel bitter smoke again and again) it seems from where I sit that although we, as Americans and citizens of the world have every reason to feel scandalized by the choices we were given and dismayed by the results obtained,

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ARE YOU ON AUTO-CORRECT?

Is there anything more irritating than an unwanted “auto-correct” from your phone or computer? You just want to text your friend Mercedes that she made you laugh, and auto-correct “suggests” that “Muscle-relaxant, you are a slaughterhouse” The farther along we go along this information superhighway, building up speed, the more technology is created that aim

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PROFESSIONALISM and POLITENESS: The REAL Sex Bomb

So, we went to the Hollywood Bowl this last week to see Tom Jones and Van Morrison perform. I know, right? We’ve been ticking off the 70’s icons of rock and folk over the last few years, going to see concerts by Elton John, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, the Eagles, Tony Bennett (with Lady Gaga),

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Who’s Ordering Me Around?

We have to take orders, of course, all the time. From bosses, naturally, but also our spouses, friends, law enforcement, government agencies, etc. We’d all probably rather we give orders than take them, but we do deal with demands on us all the time. If we shirk responsibility, we wind up, strangely enough, with more

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