My house has central air conditioning, but again this year I’m not turning it on.
When word came out last week that Leon Redbone, if that was really his name, had died at age 69, my first thought was, how do they know he was 69?
It was originally called “Decoration Day,” and was designated as a day of especial honor for Union soldiers who had been killed in the Civil War, though at the time it was instituted the official document referred not to the Civil War but to “the late rebellion.”
The effort was a good and noble one, but there comes a time when one must gaze out solemnly and in sad but sober voice utter, “The hell with it.”
One of the few advantages – actually, the only advantage – of no longer making news photographs for a living is the opportunity for the artsy muse to take hold.
A bronze star is embedded in the pavement in front of the medieval cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris. It marks the official center point of France. It is the starting point for all distance measurements from Paris.
When my family took the 125-mile trip east, it was almost always for one of three reasons: to pick up someone at Lambert Field, to watch my sister compete in the state spelling bee finals at the Famous-Barr building, or, the best, to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play baseball.
Yes, it’s April Fools' Day. But not everyone wants to devote the day to solemn observance of the holiday’s true and timeless meaning. For those non-spiritual persons, I offer this column, celebrating one of the ways our government helps us.
Are you getting more and more telephone calls from swindlers and their infernal robot devices? I am and I don’t like it, so I’ve done something about it. The solution isn’t perfect, but it helps.
As we look to next year’s election, a view of the 1972 presidential race might well be instructive. We’re embarking on a course that more and more resembles a political deja vu.
The first year or two that I lived here, there would be occasional impromptu meetings at the intersection in front of my house. Various neighbors and former neighbors would gather to talk.