If at first you don't succeed . . .


...and try again.


  1. Oh, they've got to be in there somewhere:
    "Seventy-six million strong, the Baby boomers (born 1946-64) are entering or approaching retirement. The over-60 age group will grow by 80% over the next 20 years. Here’s the trick to connecting with boomers: don’t call them old. Focus your marketing efforts on telling them how young they are."

  2. You know what I saw on CNN news tonight? While I was having a glass of wine and waiting for dinner?

    It was a story about some oversized SUVs or stock cars crashing into a crowd of people out in the wastelands of southern California, or thereabouts. They kept rerunning and rerunning and rerunning (but I repeat myself) the same clip of dramatic film, showing these huge RV's or whatever passing by at tremendous speed past the onlookers who couldn't have been more than a few feet away. And some of the bystanders got killed. I think it was eight, but don’t take my word for it.

    That was the news.

    That was what CNN - and what a marvelous well built dish the blond offering it was! - considered worthy of all this time, repeating that video clip over and over again, interviewing the guy who took it, a close witness, a guy who showed up with some friends because he was looking for kicks. Who never thought he would ever get a shot like this.

    So what is actually serious in our society? What is not a clown act, a commercial tease boosting products which might build the bottom line? We know there is ferment, protest, unease. That millions (look at this site) are unsure of our direction, the nation's direction. And of course, there the Tea Baggers, a lumpfen proletariat of unrest which is "angry as hell and not going to take it anymore." Who direct their anger and frustrations at “the other.” Obama, the Muslim from Indonesia.

    But where are the quiet voices, the civilized voices, the deep thinkers (really) attempting to make sense out of things? What are those kids who are appalled by today's adult world going to do? We know they're there. The Catcher in the Rye still sells. Henry Miller and D. H. Lawrence are still read. Mailer and Bellow (conservative that he was) still offer a glittering mound of burning embers for those who seek a little deeper. And if you want to go back, really far back, there Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Mark Twain and others too. They bitched then and can be seen as bitching now: about the human condition, in general.

    But where is this better part of our culture emerging?

  3. Who is Nancy Love...and where is she?

    As for the better part of our culture, we're in here. Another round for the house, Bartender please!