Back in June, I wrote a column explaining why life is better today than ever before. I provided facts and figures, suggested a book called "The Rational Optimist" by Matt Ridely, and even quoted Adam Smith who believed that international trade (globalization) promoted benevolence and, thus, a healthier society.
September 21, 2010|
Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) was beloved by opera fans the world over. Even today many believe he was the greatest tenor who ever lived.
One night, Caruso paused dramatically during one of his arias, turned his back on the audience, (something no performer is supposed to do) strode up stage, then turned with a flourish and continued singing.
One of the joys of having a youngster in the house is the excuse to check out the young adult section in the library or bookstore. One of my granddaughter's favorite authors is Lemony Snicket who writes "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
When was the last time you heard someone long for the past, for the good old days when life was simple and people were nicer? When did you last hear someone lament the loss of the individualism and self-sufficiency our ancestors enjoyed?
I suppose I should write a column about the Gulf oil spill. Everyone else has, but what is there left to say? Like so many other issues, opinions are divided into opposing camps: "See, I told you so" vs. "Drill baby, drill."
Folks around here had their five minutes of national exposure the last week when a tea party member in the 9th House District had his say on NPR: "We're going to get rid of Obama. We're going to get rid of all the Democrats and all the moderate Republicans, and we're going to return this country to its conservative heritage."
All the nastiness and negativity going around these days is contagious. Listen to it long enough and you'll find yourself slipping into a real funk. So let me tell you about some positive things that have happened recently.