editorial

Summer Memories

When is summer?  Our calendar says it is a certain day in June which gives us the most daylight and the shortest amount of night.  It depends on the earth's rotation and can happen sometime between June 20 and June 22.  Recently I got to thinking that summer was much simpler back in the mid-1960s when I was growing up. I wanted to share some of my memories.

The Papa Files by Vincent Cardegin

I have a black Logitech keyboard. If you stand it on its end, it looks a little like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Not quite the same dimensions, of course. The monolith is 1 by 4 by 9.  My keyboard is .75 by 5.625 by 17.75.  That’s almost twice as long, but it still reminds me of that iconic book and movie shape. And perhaps that’s exactly what the monolith is, or represents.  In 3001: The Final Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke reveals that it’s really a simple computer, even kind of stupid in some ways.

“The Treat Lady”

Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me. 

They’re standing at the corner of their chain-link fence, watching the sidewalk. They know I’m coming, even if they don’t know exactly when, even if they can’t see the sidewalk very well and can’t hear at all. 

A Night To Remember At The Palace (February 16, 2002) - Neil Diamond Then and Now.

Neil Diamond is truly an American icon, not unlike Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Rick Nelson, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Neil Sedaka, and Barry Manilow. Diamond et al have been extremely instrumental in building an international library of musical celebration, rare originality, and staying power beyond belief.  I will remember these artists until the day I leave this planet because they are men of my era: the glorious era of rock n’ roll.

New Systems

I finished my bath and saw that the rust-orange towel had molted all over my body. 

I was covered with tufts of orange fur. It was not a good look, and it felt worse than it looked. Worse yet, it gave me a taste of what the next two months would be like. 

No More Capitalism!

On a trip to Cambridge England before the Covid-19 breakout, I saw young university students carrying signs that read “No More Capitalism!”  At the time I chalked it up to the zeal of youth looking for something to do on a slow Saturday afternoon.  However, what started out as placards and protests is now seeping into mainstream thought as we more frequently hear about “rethinking capitalism” or “the next stage of capitalism.”  

9/11 Attacks Bring Back Memories of Pearl Harbor

For members of the “Greatest Generation” 9/11 brought back memories of another “day of infamy” - the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. Two Hernando County residents were teenagers at the time. 

Angelo [he is only identified by his first name to protect his privacy] is a 93-year-old World War II army veteran. He was 14 years old, living in Chicago at the time, and heard the news of the Japanese attack over the radio.