1940s couple on a picnic

How the American Dream Grew

If the seed of the American Dream was planted during the dark days of the Depression, germinated at the New York Worlds Fair of 1939, it was nurtured and cultivated during the sacrifices and deprivations of WWII. By wars end

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1940s couple on a picnic

How the American Dream Grew

If the seed of the American Dream was planted during the dark days of the Depression, germinated at the New York Worlds Fair of 1939, it was nurtured and cultivated during the sacrifices and deprivations of WWII. By wars end

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Inherited Dreams

Though it would be my parents generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and later rolled up their   collective sleeves, pitched in and sacrificed for the greater good in their fight against tyranny-who would be knighted by Tom Brokaw

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Inherited Dreams

Though it would be my parents generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and later rolled up their   collective sleeves, pitched in and sacrificed for the greater good in their fight against tyranny-who would be knighted by Tom Brokaw

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Introduction

For over half a century, Americans soaring confidence had always promised a sugar-frosted future filled with frost free fun and abundance and economic prosperity. But that Buoyant bubble of optimism has since gone bust. Along with our jobs, retirement funds

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Introduction

For over half a century, Americans soaring confidence had always promised a sugar-frosted future filled with frost free fun and abundance and economic prosperity. But that Buoyant bubble of optimism has since gone bust. Along with our jobs, retirement funds

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Suburbia For Sale

American Dream Foreclosed Whether a split level or a McMansion, the American Home has been the very embodiment of the American Dream. Once the mark of achievement, the suburban home was a solid investment, the guarantee of a secure future.

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Suburbia For Sale

American Dream Foreclosed Whether a split level or a McMansion, the American Home has been the very embodiment of the American Dream. Once the mark of achievement, the suburban home was a solid investment, the guarantee of a secure future.

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Travel Flying Thanksgiving then and now

Thanksgiving –  A No Fly Holiday

As much a tradition as pumpkin pie, the pre-holiday images of over-crowded airports, knee-deep with weary travelers in a tangle of luggage and shopping bags headed home for the holidays is a familiar Thanksgiving trope. We see it year after

Travel Flying Thanksgiving then and now

Thanksgiving –  A No Fly Holiday

As much a tradition as pumpkin pie, the pre-holiday images of over-crowded airports, knee-deep with weary travelers in a tangle of luggage and shopping bags headed home for the holidays is a familiar Thanksgiving trope. We see it year after

pilgrim TV dinner

Talking Turkey -TV Dinners and Thanksgiving

After 67 years, Swanson’s TV dinners may finally be making their rightful appearance as a place of honor at the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday table. For most of us, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be a first. The first Thanksgiving without

pilgrim TV dinner

Talking Turkey -TV Dinners and Thanksgiving

After 67 years, Swanson’s TV dinners may finally be making their rightful appearance as a place of honor at the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday table. For most of us, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be a first. The first Thanksgiving without

John kennedy

Remembering JFK and My Weekly Reader

  While others relied on Walter Cronkite for their news of the Kennedy Assassination, My Weekly Reader was the newspaper of record for the grade-school set. The popular publication was a weekly newspaper that covered current events for elementary school

John kennedy

Remembering JFK and My Weekly Reader

  While others relied on Walter Cronkite for their news of the Kennedy Assassination, My Weekly Reader was the newspaper of record for the grade-school set. The popular publication was a weekly newspaper that covered current events for elementary school

Richie Rich Comic and Donald Trump

Donald Trump is No Richie Rich

I feel the need to come to poor Richie Rich’s defense. In a recent interview with the Atlantic Barack Obama called Donald Trump “Richie Rich- the complaining, lying, doesn’t take responsibility for anything type of figure.” Though I agree with

Richie Rich Comic and Donald Trump

Donald Trump is No Richie Rich

I feel the need to come to poor Richie Rich’s defense. In a recent interview with the Atlantic Barack Obama called Donald Trump “Richie Rich- the complaining, lying, doesn’t take responsibility for anything type of figure.” Though I agree with

Times SQ Celebration 2020 1945

Americans Celebrating Victory WWII and 2020

The waiting had been agonizing. Rumors and intimations both good and bad were rampant.  The anxieties and melodrama made biding our time excruciating. Would we be victorious and vanquish an evil authoritarian once and for all? Tension was at a

Times SQ Celebration 2020 1945

Americans Celebrating Victory WWII and 2020

The waiting had been agonizing. Rumors and intimations both good and bad were rampant.  The anxieties and melodrama made biding our time excruciating. Would we be victorious and vanquish an evil authoritarian once and for all? Tension was at a

The Importance of Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek

  Alex Trebek spent 36 years trucking in trivia, but his impact on popular culture and millions of lives is anything but trivial. I have never watched a game show with the regularity I did Jeopardy! For several decades it

The Importance of Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek

  Alex Trebek spent 36 years trucking in trivia, but his impact on popular culture and millions of lives is anything but trivial. I have never watched a game show with the regularity I did Jeopardy! For several decades it

A Glorious Day For Dogs

By all counts, yesterday was a glorious day. Even fickle Mother Nature was in a great mood giving us unseasonably warm temperatures and a Biden blue sky as if she too is celebrating the big Blue win. Still on a

A Glorious Day For Dogs

By all counts, yesterday was a glorious day. Even fickle Mother Nature was in a great mood giving us unseasonably warm temperatures and a Biden blue sky as if she too is celebrating the big Blue win. Still on a

We the People Did It

We the People did it. We the People pulled America away from the edge of the precipice it was teetering on. We the People saved the American Dream for another generation We saved democracy by acting like Americans. As other

We the People Did It

We the People did it. We the People pulled America away from the edge of the precipice it was teetering on. We the People saved the American Dream for another generation We saved democracy by acting like Americans. As other

Joe FRiday Dragnet

Just the Facts Ma’am

Face the facts. Donald Trump doesn’t like the truth. Stop the counting! Stop the testing! Stop the presses! Trump can’t deal with reality. Let alone facts. Unless they are of the alternative variety. Last night from the podium at the

Joe FRiday Dragnet

Just the Facts Ma’am

Face the facts. Donald Trump doesn’t like the truth. Stop the counting! Stop the testing! Stop the presses! Trump can’t deal with reality. Let alone facts. Unless they are of the alternative variety. Last night from the podium at the

comic

I Grieve For America

Like most of you, the sea of red on the maps this morning is making me queasy. Even with a Biden win, the ugliness and ignorance of this country have been revealed. That half the country could willingly and knowingly

comic

I Grieve For America

Like most of you, the sea of red on the maps this morning is making me queasy. Even with a Biden win, the ugliness and ignorance of this country have been revealed. That half the country could willingly and knowingly