Helping You Be Contemporary in a Traditional Way

To many she was the Mom they wished they had. Florence Henderson who died on November 26 had a long and varied career. But she will always be best remembered as Carol Brady, the Mom on TV’s Brady Much. Some found the program too saccharine and full of sunshine. Though I was older than the […]

An interesting Thanksgiving Day feature about The Four Freedoms on The Takeaway. This article was first published on

A thankful Thanksgiving to you and those dear to you. This article was first published on

Ralph Branca, the Brooklyn Dodger who gave up one of the “shot Heard around the world” home run to Bobby Thompson died on November 23. He was 90. Branca had to live with the stigma of that game, but took it with good cheer. He was described by those who knew him as quality person. […]

Leon Russell, who sang, wrote and produced some of rock ‘n’ roll’s top records, has died. He was 74. This article was first published on

Yes, he was a talented actor whose repitoir covered a wide range of subjects and genres. But to me Robert Vaughn will always be Napoleon Solo of The Man from Uncle. More on his life, and a clip as I remember him: This article was first published on

Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential Canadian singer and songwriter whose work spanned five decades, died at the age of 82. Wrote Rolling Stone of the Westmount, Quebec born Cohen: Cohen was the dark eminence among a small pantheon of extremely influential singer-songwriters to emerge in the Sixties and early Seventies. Only Bob Dylan exerted a […]

Since the 1787 Constitutional Convention, federal law has imposed few constraints on elections and left most smaller decisions up to the states — creating an interesting patchwork of state-specific laws. In some states they’ll call the Sheriff to haul you out of the voting booth if you take too long (no more than three minutes […]

Americans typically vote in schools and government buildings, but not everyone. The US Election Assistance Commission suggests that a polling place “should be located close to major traffic arteries for easy access.” There’s nothing in the guidelines to stop election officials from picking restaurants, garages, or laundromats, and sometimes that’s exactly where voting takes place. […]

In a time before early voting, it was a big deal – the first “official” votes cast. Today it’s not as significant, but much like the original Groundhog in Punxsatawney, PA, voting in Dixville Notch still garners attention. So, it was that the tradition continue last night. The small northern New Hampshire community — with […]

Unlike many these days we try not to over-react to individual regular season games – especially one in early November. But last night was different. Montreal Canadiens’ Friday night November 3’s defeat by ten goals was the fifth time in their history they lost by such a margin – the first time since 1995 in […]

So I don’t sound like some crass huckster, I need to disclose up front that I am not at Toronto Maple Leafs fan. 1967 still pains me. To me, Punch Imlach had a sound hockey mind, and is given points as Jean Beliveau’s coach, but that is about it. And, how about Harold Ballard ? […]

Kay Starr, the self-described hillbilly singer who crisscrossed jazz, country, pop, blues and rock ’n’ roll in the 1950s with hits like “Wheel of Fortune” and “Rock and Roll Waltz,” died on November 3 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94. This article was first published on

One does not have to be a Cubs fan to be moved by this new Budweiser ad which was pieced together using archival play by play from Harry, who passed away in 1998. Also thinking of Jack Brickhouse. This article was first published on

For one, the pain and frustration is over. For the other the wait continues. Two teams played their hearts out. Both are champions, having left it all on the field. Both have earned my admiration and respect. Sadly, only one gets to take home a trophy and be declared winners. A well earned and overdue […]

As Game 7 of the World Series begins we came across this interesting feature by Linze Rice from The smiling, patriotic boy and his dog greeting people on the front of each box of Cracker Jack were actually once real characters in the life of the snack’s inventor, and, tragically, would come to define […]

As one with no pony in this race, it is one time I wish we could stop and declare both teams co-winners. It’s hard to hate either team or their fans. They both have long painful histories looking at post-season parties like this from the outside. Alas, here are two former ugly ducklings competing for […]

There’s an unusual fight underway in Michigan over a simple black-and-white sign that identifies a state highway. That highway runs through a popular vacation region. And one business claims it has the exclusive right to use the road sign as a product brand. But the state disagrees, and the trademark dispute is now in federal […]