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.
By now Pat Robertson has been thoroughly raked over the coals for saying that God was responsible for the Haitian earthquake three weeks ago. According to Robertson, God wrought destruction upon Haiti because its people made a pact with the devil back in 1804.
It was bound to happen sooner or later. After years of stressing the importance of facts and the need to verify sources, I blundered by relying on my own memory. In my Dec. 15 column about the war in Afghanistan I said that President Lyndon Johnson declared "victory" and brought the troops home. I was wrong.
The older I get, the less I understand. I've learned that emotion trumps facts and figures when it comes to human behavior, but I don't understand the "why" behind much of that behavior. I don't understand downright meanness.
In his 1941 State of the Union speech, Franklin D. Roosevelt listed four fundamental freedoms basic to the United States, freedoms he believed "... rightfully belonged to everyone in the world: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.