How to grow the economy

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The voters’ biggest issue in November is likely to be the economy. Neither party has developed a solution to the current slow growth/stagnation. Officially GDP growth is somewhere around 2% per year. For a large portion of the population, desperately … [Read more...]

Pajama Wearing in Public

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To wear… or not to wear; pajamas in public have become the “norm” for many when shopping, cruising or even going to a restaurant… so what happened to wearing clothes? It’s a controversy that people like to avoid when asked the question, especially if … [Read more...]

Character biographies are first

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In my last article I touched on inventing characters.  What I would like to do in this article is walk through some points that I have used and still use in that inventing process. A story needs a storyteller.  Most writers in their first works use … [Read more...]

Anthony James: So good at being bad

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[slideshow_deploy id='859'] After completing his autobiography in 2009, former actor Anthony James approached several book agents. Their recommendation was unanimous: “It’s a wonderful memoir, but take your mother out of it and we’ll represent … [Read more...]

How to make your characters live

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Putting life into a fictional character might seem a daunting task for a writer, but if you have done your homework it is pretty simple.  In my last article I discussed Bios for characters.  This is the most important step in character building and … [Read more...]

Customer service is key to attracting senior shoppers

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Senior citizens are canny shoppers. But we don’t just look for a great bargain. We also want good customer service. There is no excuse for the lack of good customer service and there is no substitute for it. Word of mouth is a strong … [Read more...]

Restaurants That Use the Ziosk

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The Ziosk… it’s a new way to pay your check at the table while dining out. Chili’s Bar & Grill has installed this new tablet at over 100 of its restaurants, along with Applebee’s and Uno’s in Chicago. I have had the pleasure of patronizing one of … [Read more...]

Jobs & the Economy: Bundy v. BLM Illustrates Nation’s Problems

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Our Founding Fathers were wise to establish a nation that can only be ruled by a consensus of citizens, in common agreement over goals and means.  This is not the same as compromise, or the abandonment of principle for the sake of cooperation. … [Read more...]

Top five regrets of the dying

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“Top Five Regrets of the Dying,” by Bronnie Ware, a hospice worker from Australia, is a must read. Senior citizens will find that it is stimulating, informative and easy reading. According to Ware people facing death go through a wide range of … [Read more...]

Diminutive Jane Powell reflects on big career

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Actress Jane Powell celebrated her 85th birthday on April 1. Best remembered for two popular MGM musicals in the ‘50s, Ms. Powell appeared in around 20 feature films between 1944-1958, although in later years she played more dramatic roles on TV and … [Read more...]