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07/31/2011 - 10:58pm
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07/24/2011 - 10:50pm

There was for a short time a TV show called “The Swan.”  A group of women who were judged unattractive were given free cosmetic surgery and then competed in a post-surgical beauty contest.  It goes without saying the show attracted a fair amount of criticism for praying on the vulnerabilities of the contestants and selling a version of beauty promoted by the fashion and cosmetics industries.  The fact it aired for two seasons also says a great deal about a portion of the American publics’ obsession with beauty and physical perfection.  This week’s

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07/17/2011 - 8:14pm

While I enjoy going on vacation, the parts I dislike the most are the driving there and the driving back.  Long journeys in a car are very boring to me.  Some people enjoy a long car trip because they like looking at the passing scenery.  Not me.  I’m one of those “it’s not the journey, it’s the destination” travelers.  If I wanted to spend my entire vacation on the road, I’d own a motor home.  Nope, I want the journey to be over just as soon as the trip begins so I can enjoy the destination.  But what is true about a ca

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07/10/2011 - 5:28pm

Early in my radio career, I worked for a station owner who seemed completely out of touch with what was going on in the business he had been in for over 30 years.  He had me and my co-workers playing a mixture of music from numerous genres and decades.  You might hear the Bee Gees followed by Hugo Montenegro followed by Garth Brooks.  It was a mess of a format that would never work.  I and the other jocks would often refer to the station at WREK, a wreck of a radio station.  The mishmash of styles didn’t attract an audience, advertising dried up and he had to

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07/04/2011 - 2:51am

When my wife and I were dating, we would frequent a restaurant and ice cream parlor called Swenson’s.  One of their featured desserts was a massive sundae they called the Earthquake.  This diet buster was made with eight scoops of ice cream, several different kinds of sauces, fruit toppings, nuts and whipped cream.  Whoever created it must have decided to throw as much stuff in the biggest bowl he could find and see if anyone would buy it.  It was very popular with big groups of friends out for a casual evening that would pile into a booth and drool until the froze

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06/26/2011 - 1:53pm

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”  What a load of BS that is.  First, who throws sticks and stones anymore?  From what I see on the news, most people are now using guns.  Second, I’ve been damaged deeply by a cross word, especially when that word comes from someone I care about and respect.  In this week’s movie, “Cars 2,” words between friends nearly lead to disaster.  Actually, the band of international criminals and a fiendish conspiracy actually do more damage, but its angry words which

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06/18/2011 - 6:37pm

A group of immortal creatures called the Guardians of the Universe have divided all of space into 3600 sectors.  From each sector, the Guardians choose one person to give immense power.  The green power of will is stored in a lantern and channeled through a ring which allows the owner to create anything he can think of and use it to maintain peace and justice in the universe.  These 3600 are called the Green Lantern Corps.  The greatest enemy of the Guardians and Lanterns is a creature that feeds on the yellow energy of fear, called Parallax (voiced by Clancy Brown).&nbs

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06/12/2011 - 9:50pm

While it’s not part of my usual TV schedule, I occasionally catch part of an episode of 16 and Pregnant on MTV.  While some claim it glamorizes teen pregnancy, I see it more as an effective birth control method.  Watching a couple of episodes of the show makes it perfectly clear none of these young people comes anywhere close to prepared for the responsibilities of parenthood.  While some try to work and go to school, many depend on the resources of their parents to feed, house and clothe them and their child.  Unfortunately, many adults are unprepared for parentho

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06/04/2011 - 10:46pm

As a teenager, when I felt restless, I would sometimes get in my beat up 1977 Toyota Corolla station wagon and drive.  There was a section of highway that was perfect for clearing the head.  It had long straight sections and lazy, sweeping curves that gave the driver a chance to open up his machine and, with the windows down and the radio loud, lose ones self in the wind and music.  I could usually depend on a half hour drive clearing my head, calming my nerves and gaining a fresh perspective.  Perhaps that’s why, if I could have one superpower, it would be the abi

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05/29/2011 - 10:52pm

Many of us have asked the question, “Who am I?”  The question occurs to us when we are at an emotional and developmental crossroads or when we behave in a way outside of our usual character.  It also is sometimes asked after a long weekend of heavy drinking, but I digress.  Questioning our very purpose and identity is usually a deeply moving and life-altering moment for people.  Who knew the same was true for pandas.