MY PERSONAL 10 COMMANDMENTS

In a fit of megalomania, I strongly recommend to you my personal ten commandments, an 87 year successful formula for living the good life. [And boy, have I done just that.]  1. Laugh at least once every hour (preferably every ten minutes ifpossible).  2. Eat and drink...

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Call it a moniker, a sobriquet, a diminutive or whatever, in everyday use, people tend to shorten the names of friends or associates, whether for informality’s sake or just for the heck of it.         As a word lover, I have always been intrigued by the fact that the...

MY PERSONAL TEN COMMANDMENTS

In a fit of megalomania, I strongly recommend to you my personal ten commandments, an 87 year successful formula for living the good  life. [And boy, have I done just that.]    1. Laugh at least once every hour (preferably every ten minutes if     possible).  2. Eat...

TAX-FREE HUDDLED MASSES

“Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,   I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”   Emma Lazarus   Alas, Emma’s heartfelt poem has...

SHOOT ALL THE LAWYERS

Lawyers are not exactly the most popular people – now, or in the past. As one of Charles Dickens’ characters in Oliver Twist expounded in 1638, “The law is an ass.” (Actually, he was cribbing from a 1634 English writer named Chapman.) One of...