Every year about this time, the Motion Picture Academy makes a major production out of awarding Oscars to the best actors, actresses, movies, music, sound effects (24 categories) of the motion pictures for this past year. This year was the 89th year. The ceremony goes on and on for hours and it's pure glitz — the ultimate in expensive shoes, dresses and jewelry, the ultimate in plunging necklines, bald egos and long speeches — almost nothing that ordinary folks can relate to.
I know this from my own experience: I had lots of energy when I was 20. I still had lots at 30. Almost as much at 40. Then at 50, I was in my prime, but had slightly less energy than at 40. At 60, I had less than 50. At 70, I had less than 60. At 80, I had less than 70. At 90, I had less than 80. Then at 100, I was really tired out.
Remember the panic of Y2K? As the calendar turned toward the end of the 20th century, many believed that our computers would not make the transition from 1999 to 2000. As a result, the computers controlling our banking systems, our hospitals, and our air control system would fail at midnight on Dec. 31, 1999, and our bank accounts would be wiped out, our life support systems would come to a halt and patients would die on the operating table and airliners flying at midnight would crash because air controllers would be unable to communicate with pilots.
I was in this waiting room waiting for my appointment. The magazines were mostly out of date and on subjects that weren't of much interest to me — autos, diabetes, cooking and big game hunting. Taking the least disinteresting, I selected the big game hunting magazine and was flipping through the pages.
Is it possible to break a federal law while watching a Little League baseball game? Yes, and you can break the same law before a junior varsity, varsity, World Series, Rose Bowl or Super Bowl game. And if you watch carefully, you will see the law being broken on national television, witnessed by millions, just before the Super Bowl game on February 5, 2017.
Kyle Schwartz is a third-grade teacher at Doull Elementary in Denver who wanted to get to know her students better, so she asked each of them to finish the sentence, "I wish my teacher knew..." The responses she got were so startling that Schwartz, now in her fifth year of teaching, put them in a book, "I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything For Our Kids." Other teachers are now doing the same thing. The answers that kids give help the teachers to understand what they are going through, enabling the teachers to support them and help them cope.
I've been window shopping the list of New Year's resolutions just to see what's cool this year. Not with the idea of buying in, but just out of curiosity. It appears that a healthier diet (and loss of weight) and more exercise are still in the top three, but number one is to be a better person in 2017.
Merry Christmas I shouted to a woman on the street But she didn't hear me Her misty eyes stared halfway round the globe Where her son was lost in Iraq And never found his way home. Merry Christmas I cried to an old gent in the alley But he didn't hear me He was dragging a cardboard box to another address Moving his house to a friendlier neighborhood Wondering where he belonged. Merry Christmas I heralded to the working man But he didn't hear me His hope was still at the locked gate of a factory
Most of the days here for the past week have been dark, dreary, gray, foggy, cloudy and generally overcast, including an all-night rain and a hard cold wind with a low, heavy sky. The damp chill glommed onto your neck and crept down under your shirt. On the foggy nights, you could just imagine Jack the Ripper out there, stalking a victim.
After the Trump election victory, I was patting myself on the back. After all, in my end-of-the-year predictions last December, I told you that whichever candidate carried the state of Ohio would be elected President. Trump not only won Ohio, he won it by 454,983 votes or 8.6 points.