Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Learning to listen at a southern book signing

Here’s what I learned this past week (besides not giving your dog a piece of your spicy black bean burger, no matter how much they beg): if you’re going to do a book signing, you’d first better know how to write, and secondly, you’d better train your ear to pick up strong southern accents.

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Talking to an aspiring reporter (with a twist)

Sometimes you overhear a conversation that crystalizes the radically different points of view that come from different generations. Was I being nosy? You betcha, but at the same time, I feel I should be given a pass because, after all, the one offering his career idea had been kicking the back of my booth.

Celia Rivenbark

Is a Mar-a-Lago vacation the best use of taxpayers’ dollars?

When I was a little kid, the highlight of every summer was to pile into our sea-green Oldsmobile Delta 88 and head south three hours to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a long weekend at Waikiki Village. The two-story “motor lodge” was exotic with its kidney-shaped pool. (Apparently, kidneys are the only “fun” organ. When’s the last time you saw a liver or gall bladder-shaped pool? Exactly.) This annual vacation, complete with a beach walkover, a lot of fast food and Coppertone memories, probably cost about $150, including gas. Not too shabby.

Celia Rivenbark

Aging in place? Different strokes for different folks | From the Belle Tower

I’ve been reading a lot lately about “aging in place.” To be honest, those words perfectly capture how I feel when I see Sean Spicer step to the microphone in the briefing room. I age in place. But then I realized that’s not what they’re talking about at all. (Helpful hint: When politics gets too depressing, watch YouTube videos showing how to transform a toboggan into a nifty dog sweater or Justin Trudeau explaining quantum computing; both work well.) Aging in place means we don’t move out of the homes we have loved for decades just because we’re a little older. Why should we? Like the old saying goes: Just because there’s snow on the roof doesn’t meanhe old saying goes: Just because there’s snow on the roof doesn’t mean there’s not a fire in the kitchen. Or something like that.

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Walter Wysk is hosting two 16-year-old exchange students. Yu-Kuei "Arthur" Chen , of Taiwan (right) and Wasawat (Pooh) Wongcharatrawee of Thailand.
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