We had one last bit of filming to do before the documentary was complete, just a couple of pick-up shots of a baseball player on the pitcher’s mound. The WQED crew and I were at Mounds Park in Monongahela this week, our fourth or fifth time there during production of the film about the youth…
Remember shabby chic? Remember the years, probably the late 90s, when it was fashionable to have worn, lumpy sofas and frayed curtains?
These are weird times to be getting a fever. But 100.4 it was, and when the body aches started, I put down the thermometer and went around the house testing to see if I could smell and taste things.
Grace was worried about me.
As of this writing, we still don’t know who will be the new host of Jeopardy!, and to be honest, it doesn’t really matter to me. Alex Trebek was, of course, the best; if we based the choice of replacement on nothing more than the way Alex said “Noooo,” then the producers have an impossible t…
The only things I’ve had to buy and restock more often than peanut butter or coffee creamer are sunglasses. Being the kind of person who weekly loses or breaks sunglasses, I’ve developed a work-around that’s involved buying inexpensive sunnies when I’ve seen them on sale.
We’ve all visited tourist attractions notable not because they are historic or particularly beautiful, but because they are weird. The Spillway at Pymatuning Lake comes to mind – the place where the carp flop over each other as they fight for bread the tourists toss into the water.
The news of it came on the radio as I was driving last Friday, and it landed with a gut punch.
Something is amiss when breakfast and dinner are identical. In my case, the symmetry meant eating Wheaties twice a day – morning and evening.
The last thing I said was, “right brake first, then left.”
As we all know, the world has been spinning all wobbily this past year or so. We can blame the global pandemic for most of the trouble, but not all of it.
The mask with the reindeer fabric was under the passenger seat. A couple of the flimsy paper masks were jammed between the seats. And my favorite – the mask with the first lines of the U.S. Constitution on it – finally turned up. It was under the driver’s seat.
Every Saturday or Sunday, I drive the hour or so to the little college town where my daughter lives and studies. We sit on a picnic table outside her apartment and talk while she digs into her favorite take-out pizza I’ve brought from home. The meetings usually wrap after an hour or so; she …
The great author of history, David McCullough, writes on a manual typewriter. So did the late playwright Sam Shepard. Tom Hanks owns dozens of typewriters, his favorite of which he uses to type thank you messages, noting a quick e-mail doesn’t convey real effort or gratitude.
Dinner last night was an omelet with potatoes in it. With the cupboard pretty bare and the car too encased in ice to drive to the store, I rummaged around in the kitchen and found enough to throw something together. The potatoes came from a can. It was a plate of brown, bland food.
One vitamin C, two vitamin Ds, two Bs, a cod liver oil capsule and half an allergy pill – that’s the morning routine. At night it’s a different amount of the same things, minus the allergy pill.
Of all the many disheartening words spoken in reaction to the horrific events at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, these struck me as the most sad.
The come-ons arrive in the mail a few times a week.
So, I’m reading the transcript of an interview I did for a television story, and the truth jumps out at me.
Jacques Pepin is making me feel bad about my cooking. Every time I check in to Facebook, our handsome French-American elf pops up from his Connecticut country kitchen, uninvited and, increasingly for me, unwelcome.
Back when people were going to live concerts, I’d shake my head at news reports of fans camping in lines outside the venue, hoping to get tickets. My work as a TV reporter sometimes had me covering those stories, as well as the ones back in 1983, when surly parents lined up at stores to buy …
The package arrived on the doorstep this week, tossed there in its dark blue bag by the delivery man. He had parked the van up on the road and ran just far enough down the driveway to hit his target.
Wednesday was a bad day for shoes around here. Wednesday was also National Dog Day, so maybe Waylon the collie thought he deserved a treat.