DISABILITY

I don’t question the likelihood that there are veterans who have gamed the system and have disability ratings which are excessive for their injuries. I also don’t question the likelihood that there are veterans possessing decorations which are excessive for their conduct under fire. If you have a perception that veterans are more moral, upstanding… Continue reading DISABILITY

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TUCKER 2.0

MAGNITUDE OF MIRACLES. 9/14/69 was without question the single most impactful day of my life…because it was my Resurrection Day. Brought back from death. Some of you may cherish a single day in your own life; a day head and shoulders above ANY other. If so, please share those memories with me, with us. So… Continue reading TUCKER 2.0

GLORY DAYS…

Tonite a classic Yankee victory –  2019 style.  We won in the 10th, 12-10.  In truth our pitching staff is questionable.   EVERYONE!  Starters, middle men, closers.  Tonite, Yankee starter Domingo German was going for his major league leading 13TH victory! Instead he got lit up for 8 runs, quite early on.  He’s not the same… Continue reading GLORY DAYS…

SERVICE

Today I served dinners to some of the 4000 homeless here in Los Angeles. I’m always mindful that many of our homeless are veterans, some from wars past and some of wars present. There are celebrities and politicians aplenty in evidence; many of their nametags superfluous but providing a leveling affect. Fame and power bring… Continue reading SERVICE

THAT’S NOT FUNNY

What constitutes humor today?  What is funny?  Is Aristophenes still funny?  Is Buster Keaton?  Milton Berle?  Richard Pryor?  Is there something intrinsically timeless about comedy…or does it vary with cultural trends and contextual world events?  Must a joke ‘travel well’, from culture to culture, to be genuinely comedic? I love to laugh, I think everyone… Continue reading THAT’S NOT FUNNY

SAVANNAH

  I was perhaps seven, when I went to visit my father in Georgia. To supplement his income as an English professor at Howard University, Dad taught summer school at Savannah State College and I looked forward to my first visit to the South, spending my summer fishing and reading, and the chance to travel… Continue reading SAVANNAH

GUIDANCE

VAGINA MONOLOGUE I watched the above theater piece this afternoon, taped months ago.  It was not at all what I’d anticipated.  I discovered (perhaps this should NOT have surprised me, given my sexual past) that many women, if not most, have a somewhat negative relationship and perception of their vagina.  So much of male and… Continue reading GUIDANCE

BLOODS

Finally was able to screen DA 5 BLOODS. Not all of it was the Vietnam I remember but much of it truly WAS. BLOODS has immediately been placed within my top five of PLATOON, APOCOLYPSE, DEER HUNTER and 84 CHARLEY MOPIC. It is a Spike Lee Joint and of course gets political. At times, organically;… Continue reading BLOODS

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GEGNER’S BARBER SHOP

This arrived today in my mailbox and really struck me as synchronous. I’m not an alumni of Antioch College, I graduated from U of Md…but as a freshman I attended Antioch in the summer of ’61. I’d recently turned 17, they’d offered me a Naval Engineering scholarship for their $3000 tuition and I went for… Continue reading GEGNER’S BARBER SHOP

EVIL

If this were a film plot, I’d immediately dismiss it for being beyond my willingness to suspend my disbelief.  “Three HUNDRED religious figures…”and from ONE state?  Come on, man!   I know the Catholic church has a long dark history of pederasty, over centuries from the Vatican down to the smallest parish.  But even so, come… Continue reading EVIL