ANTONIO BROWN, KYRIE IRVING AND???

I’m no expert.

On anything.

Trust me.

I’m just smart enough to know what I know, and know what I don’t.

You remember that old, tired cliche (isn’t the definition of a cliche…‘old and tired,’ and void of original thought?) …

GUY STERN AND THE RITCHIE BOYS

I am 67 years old.

Young by my standards; old to others.

Old, certainly, to those a generation or two younger than I.

I was brought up in a household where respecting elders was deemed an imperative.

It wasn’t simply about etiquette, courtesy, kindness…

J.J. WEAVER

Life can be the greatest…

Or it can be the pits.

Certainly, there are plenty of things which are out of our control.

Also true is the fact that a positive mental approach cuts a wide swath, and can help neutralize– and then even dramatically reduce, if not…

JOAN DIDION

Joan Didion was not just a literary giant.

She was a giant.

A GIANT.

She was 5’2”.

She weighed about 100 lbs.

Maybe.

But it’s not about that.

Hardly.

Because her brain weighed a ton.

And more.

Joan Didion was a premier author, novelist and essayist who began…

MINNIE MINOSO

Is Minnie Minoso not one of the most melodic sounding names of all time?

Rolls off the tongue, slips through the lips and falls into a pile of soft feathers, a mile high.

Dulcet.

That’s how Saturnino Orestes Armas “Minnie” Minoso, nicknamed “The Cuban Comet” and “Mr. …

TO EDDY AND RENEE

It’s about your children…and how you brought ’em up…

And that is to say, “you done good.”

Beautifully, in fact.

Let’s start with Liz.

Lizzy.

She and I have been a couple for nearly 22 years.

As a 67-year-old, I know a lot of people; it…

JOSEPHINE BAKER AND FRANCE’S PANTHEON

“Josephine Baker. Black Diva in a White Man’s World.”

— Documentary Film (Annette von Wangenheim, Director)

Born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906 in St. Louis (naturalized French, Josephine Baker) this “diva” was an American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent and civil rights activist.

FREDERICK SAMUEL HIATT (1955–2021)

I remember Freddie Hiatt vividly…

Worlds beyond, ‘very well.’

I remember him like it was yesterday.

I remember Freddie Hiatt from the fourth grade at the Runkle School in Brookline (MA).

Very shy.

Self-effacing.

Kind…

And a genius.

I was in disbelief that he was selected…

TONY BROWN

Tony Brown has officiated 1,109 regular season games and 25 more in the playoffs, during 17 seasons as an NBA referee.

He’s also worked two NBA All-Star Games and made his NBA Finals debut in 2020.

Prior to joining the NBA, he worked for four seasons in both…

JIM HARBAUGH…FINALLY!!!

Well, at long last, the monkey’s off his back.

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan’s head coach, finally has one.

A victory over arch-rival Ohio State.

As a Michigan player (1983–1986) he was 3–1 against the Buckeyes but was only on the field for the games in ’85 and ’86, when…

Peter J. Kaplan

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