Five horror films still haunting us after half a century

Halloween’s around the corner, and courtesy of my ancestors, it’s a very special holiday for my family. Many of the customs we observe today are based on the ancient festival of Samhain celebrated by ancestors on both sides of my family and my husband’s. Horror films are part of Halloween today and after much thought, I came up with five horror films that still haunt in various ways even after half a century. One actually dates to more than a century in the past. Continue reading “Five horror films still haunting us after half a century”

Amazon goes Sears retro—sort of

Amazon is a company I rely on regularly despite the fact I often disagree with the founder’s politics. In last week’s mail I received a print publication. I immediately thought of Sears Roebuck. Continue reading “Amazon goes Sears retro—sort of”

Lessons from September 11 go unheeded 19 years later

Tomorrow the US will mark 19 years since al Qaeda operatives killed thousands of Americans and dealt a likely permanent blow to US culture. Since September 11, 2001, reams of articles, film, and books have addressed how and why the attacks happened. Ironically, as was the case with other significant events like the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the lie that led to the loss of approximately 58,000 US soldiers in the Vietnam War, we have yet to reconcile the realities to our perceptions. Continue reading “Lessons from September 11 go unheeded 19 years later”

As capitalists face increasing insults, history reveals roles of some in slavery era

Lewis Tappan photo from Economic Harwood Review
Photo from Harwood Economic Review, AIER, fall, 2019 issue.

It’s impossible to dismiss current assaults on capitalists and the economic system they believe in. It’s also impossible to dismiss the role of some key capitalists in the US slavery era. If you don’t know who Lewis Tappan was, now is a good time to introduce him to you. Continue reading “As capitalists face increasing insults, history reveals roles of some in slavery era”

At Hemming Park, JFK plaque sparked awareness of how times change

I’d never noticed it somehow—the plaque dedicated to the late John F. Kennedy at Hemming Park in Jacksonville, FL. Wandering around, taking in sights and sounds around me, I stopped to snap a photo and contemplate what the plaque meant. I had no idea JFK had delivered a speech at Hemming Park on October 18, 1960. Continue reading “At Hemming Park, JFK plaque sparked awareness of how times change”