Who Could Forget Moon River

The song Moon River was composed by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. It received an Academy Award for Best Original Song, having been performed in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It also won Mancini a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1962. Moon River became the theme song for Andy Williams, who first recorded it in 1961 and performed it at the Academy Awards ceremonies in 1962. By all standards, Moon River has become a classic that will remainRead more

A Car By Any Other Name

Durango is a city in nestled in the mountains of southwest Colorado. It is one of several cities which have cars named for them. Dodge chose the name for its versatile sports utility vehicle, to reflect the character, strength, and durability of this city of classic beauty. Also, because the alliteration sounds good. Of the seven cities we could think of without looking it up, six of them are west of the Mississippi, and the other is ON the Mississippi,Read more

Dick Clark. My Distant Relative?

It was a typical weekday afternoon in the Quad-Cities, summertime 1969. Everyone alive at the time had their radios tuned to 1170  KSTT, or so I thought. Could be that’s why the station was so good. Everybody on the air was taught to perform as if our station was the only show in town. Of course, it wasn’t. I was doing the usual. Read the weather, play a record, play more records and try to squeeze in eighteen minutes ofRead more

Writing About Writing

On Amazon there are well over fifty books about writing. Popular reference books, besides the dictionary, are Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style,” and “Roget’s Thesaurus.” But, these are “tool books” to help you use a better word, avoid grammatical errors, or not look stupid misspelling something (or is it “mispelling?”) Books about writing are different. They are not reference books, per se, but rather books about the reasons for writing, instruction that goes beyond the books already mentioned,Read more

Better Double Check That Door

According to WebMD, 3.3 million adults in the United States have some degree of O.C.D., Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I don’t know how WebMD came up with that statistic, but I suspect there are millions more cases that are never reported. I have a mild case of O.C.D. but have never felt the need to seek professional help. I have figured out some ways to deal with it. There are lots of places on the internet to get detailed technical information about O.C.D.,Read more

The Cowardly Gremlins

Originally published 12/8/2015 as “Chattering Cancer Gremlins” I can’t speak for all cancer patients, but any man who has had prostate cancer will know what I’m talking about. Until you have been told, “you have cancer,” you have not been visited by the chattering cancer gremlins. I have talked about these demonic little pests many times over the years since I was treated for prostate cancer in the summer of 2004 at Loma Linda University Medical Center.the chattering cancer gremlins in my bookRead more

Be Careful with That Comma

I am an admitted logophile. Even though I design logos professionally, the word “logophile” has but little to do with logos, as in the design you see at the top of business stationery. The dictionary defines it simply as a “word lover or word buff.” Logo is Greek for word, and phile means friend or lover. So, it makes sense. Words, placed in the right order, make sentences. Do enough of these correctly and it makes a letter, or aRead more

Why No Ads on Brainshowers?

On practically every website you visit these days, you’ll see ads of some sort or another. Some are just text ads, a simple non-threatening sentence such as, “See the all new 2016 Volvo.” And, then there are the enticing teaser ads such as, “Twenty Celebrities Who Got Old Too Fast.” Click on one of these and you open a whole can of Pandora’s worms. Arrows that point in every direction, none of which takes you where you wanted to go.Read more