It is no accident that the stores are jammed this time of year with last minute Christmas shoppers. I don’t think it is because most of us are procrastinators by nature. I don’t think it is because shoppers have learned that the closer to Christmas, the better the discounts. No, I think it is because we keep looking for the best gift ever for that special someone.
When I was young, I would invariably wait until the very last minute to buy a gift for my mom, knowing full well that there was nothing I could possibly give her that could show her the full measure of my love. Now, it is the gift for my husband Roger that causes me to wait until the very last minute. Oh, sure, I have lots of ideas, but somehow I just keep waiting for something better to explode into my consciousness that I couldn’t possibly have imagined the other 364 days a year. Continue reading “Best Christmas Gift Ever!”
It’s that time of year when all good boys and girls write a letter to Santa and give him their wish lists so I thought I would do the same.
Okay, so I’m not a kid anymore but, let’s face it, so many citizens act like children when it comes to giving our elected representatives their respective wish lists, treating their Uncle Sam like Santa. In the real world Santa doesn’t deliver the presents, mom and dad must buy them and place them under the tree.
When I was a kid, I asked for a pony. Mom and dad had to explain that Santa knew that we lived in the city and there would be no place to keep this pony. Furthermore, this miniature equine would end up costing more that our family could afford. Therefore, Santa regretfully had to edit my wish list and cut it down to size.
Unfortunately, many citizens act like spoiled children when they make demands on Washington, with little thought as to who will pay the bill. Unfortunately, many of our elected representatives act like the parents of Continue reading “Dear Uncle Santa (My Christmas Wish List)”
As this nation’s first female television sportscaster, I can tell you something about sexual harassment, although we didn’t call it that in those days. It was either a proposition or simply boorish behavior.
My first boss, who was married, came on to me. When I said, “Thanks but no thanks,” he tried to get me fired. He failed. Then, he preceded to make my life miserable at work. It was a cold war until I moved and went to work at another television station.
Once I had a co-worker who continually hit on me. He was a good man and I knew it wasn’t serious, but his constant attention and suggestive remarks were annoying. In some strange way he though this was flattering to a woman. One day I decided to take matters in hand. The next time it happened, I took a flying leap and landed in his arms in full view of everyone. He was so embarrassed, he never did it again.
Working in an almost entirely all-male environment, I found most men to be honorable, kind, respectful and extremely fair.
However, in my lifetime I have seen many men destroyed by a false accusation from a woman. Continue reading “Why I Believe Judge Roy Moore”
These last few months have been filled with a series of tragedies too horrible to have been imagined: hurricanes, one after another, brought death and devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Nature’s wrath was accompanied by man-made tragedies in Las Vegas and Sutherland, Texas. The loss of life and property brought pain and suffering that will continue for years to come and, for some, may never be overcome.
This Thanksgiving will be celebrated by many in shelters or bleak circumstances without running water or electricity. For others there will be empty spots around the table. Some may not feel like giving thanks at all and may be asking, “Where is God?” Continue reading “Thanksgiving 2017: Where is God?”
Let me be clear: If Roy Moore is guilty of the alleged case of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old 38 years ago, and the latest charge of a sexual attack of a 16-year-old, I think he should step aside in the Alabama Senate race. I also think Bill Clinton should have stepped aside or been forced out by his party when it was discovered he had sexual relations with a White House Intern —in the Oval Office no less — and that Ted Kennedy should have suffered the same fate after it was revealed that he failed to call for help for a drowning, much younger Mary Jo Kopechne.
In the case of Judge Moore and the 14-year-old, the charges against him were leveled by a troubled, dysfunctional teen and may have been unearthed and/or massaged by overly aggressive, politically-motivated reporters at the Washinton Post who went on a deep-diving fishing expedition before the Alabama Special Election which is just a weeks away. However, it is the most recent charge brought by Beverly Young Nelson, presented by dumpster-diving attorney Gloria Allred, that fails the credibility test. Continue reading “The Hypocrisy Surrounding Judge Roy Moore”
As hurricane Irma ripped into Florida, Miss America’s finalists were bated into bashing President Trump. While it is too early to assess the damage, my guess is the lasting effects on this historic piece of Americana will linger long after Florida has recovered and they will not be good.
The grand finale of the iconic Miss America Pageant always has been questions thrown at the finalists. It has been the undoing of many young women in a contest where poise is as important as one’s overall beauty and talent. The objective was to answer the question confidently without saying anything too controversial or dumb. Continue reading “Miss America — The Latest Trump Bashing Spectacle (Whatever Happened to World Peace?)”
Traveling through downtown Phoenix last week, a city at the heart of the illegal immigration issue, I passed a small group of protesters carrying signs, “Honk if you support DACA.”
For the uninitiated that is Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty for young people illegally brought into this country by their parents. We are talking up to 30-year-old children here. Continue reading “No Honks for DACA”