I've already written many times about my Father on Fathers Day and how I miss him. Hope you celebrate your dad today and everyday and cherish him if he is still with you. This is still my favorite picture of me and my dad. It was taken several decades ago. As always you can find … Continue reading Happy Fathers Day to all and especially my Dad
I really like sushi so am happy to celebrate this day. But not all sushi. Those restaurants who insist on having the sushi chef choose your selection don't suit me. For instance, I'm sorry but I don't like eel. Yet that seems to be one of the sushi chef's favorites. So I'm not a sushi … Continue reading Happy International Sushi Day
My short play "Happy Birthday, Leonard" will be part of the Theatre Odyssey Seventeenth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival in Sarasota, Florida. There will be three evening shows from Thursday, June 9 - Friday, June 11 at 7:30 PM. There will also be a matinee at 2 PM, Sunday, June 12. I will be at that … Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Leonard” to be mounted in Sarasota
For those in Central Florida, hope you will come to see the play. For those farther away, please say a quick and quiet prayer that it goes all right. Been a long time since I was in quite this type of situation. Tonight is opening night at the Living Drama Theatre in Eustis, Florida for … Continue reading Tonight is Opening Night
My father died far too young, taken by his addiction to nicotine and cigarettes. I miss him a lot and thought I would dredge up two nice photos from the past. Below are photos of my father in 1938 and me in 1960. Both enjoying the sun on a blanket on the lawn. Happy Birthday … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – My father would have been 85 today
In celebration of the Cincinnati Bengals returning to the Super Bowl after an absence of more than three decades, I will post a unique Queen City Flavor Experience each day until the big day. Many regions of this country developed food or drink preferences that have withstood the national big brands swamping America with their … Continue reading Celebrating Cincinnati Cuisine #6 – Cincinnati Style Chili (with a call out to National Peppermint Patty Day)
As you might imagine, Christmas in Florida is a little bit different. We'll have no snow but lots of fun and maybe a special sleigh ride through the swamps. As a matter of fact, with my recent quarantine beard growth I just might be able to play the role of Santa if I keep this … Continue reading Merry Florida Christmas
For this week's Throwback Thursday I am wishing a Happy Birthday (coming this weekend) to my favorite (and only) brother. He is a fabulous person and quite literally a life saver. Not only is he a great guy he has always had good taste. Below you will find a photo of him proudly standing on … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – A coming birthday for my brother
It is always fun to unwrap and admired new motorcycle gear out of the box. But check back in a few months after the items have been rigorously road tested on both long and short trips. The real value is how they last and serve your purposes. That is exactly what I did. You may … Continue reading Follow-up Review to items from VikingBags.com and VikingCycle.com
I've only been doing Throwback Thursdays on a regular basis for less than a year. Since Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday, you can be sure I will have to mount many of these entries over the coming years. Luckily Thanksgiving means a gathering of families and lots of photos along the way. I hope … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!
Nope, this is not what you're thinking. Drinking to oblivion comes after the Thanksgiving Holiday from listening to your crazy relative explain all their political conspiracy theories to you over the turkey dinner. National Tie One On Day is all about helping out with the coming feast. Tie on your apron, roll up your sleeves … Continue reading National Tie One On Day
My recent ten-minute play CELEBRITY DIVORCE has been shortlisted for the Short+Sweet Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates! This means that the script is a finalist and that participating directors will select plays from the group to present in the festival that will be presented between January and March in 2022. Of course the same … Continue reading CELEBRITY DIVORCE is shortlisted in Dubai!
My final installment of a celebration of the anniversary of the opening of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. The beautiful theater (see my Wednesday post for a photo) could be configured for our exceptional Naples Philharmonic, but also for touring performances of other musicians and Broadway touring productions. From my early days of leading … Continue reading Part 3 of an extended Throwback Thursday – Theatrical Network before the internet!
Following up on the celebration of the anniversary of The Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida. The building is amazing and the community is great. But the best part of my years at The Phil was my colleagues there. The staff was talented, inventive and fun. I kept a copy of the opening … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Part 2 – the opening staff of The Philharmonic Center for the Arts
Yes, I know it is Wednesday, give me a minute to explain One of my favorite performing venues in the world is the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida. I was part of a terrific team of people who opened the theater thirty two years ago today (November 3, 1989). To celebrate that … Continue reading A Triple Throwback Thursday salute to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts
When I lived in New York City I reviewed every play I saw, and that was quite a lot. I was lucky to be able to acquire inexpensive tickets (sometimes reviewer freebies) to a large number of events. Because theater in New York is big business and theater talent is concentrated there, I had high … Continue reading Three Reviews I Won’t Be Writing
Our family has a long tradition with Florida, going back to when my grandparents took their sons (my dad and uncles) to the state from Cincinnati to aid in their health growing up. Of course we often vacationed here when we were based in Ohio. As for me, I was born here, graduated high school … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Our families in Florida!
I worked at Bailey Concert Hall in Fort Lauderdale for a number of years before moving to Naples, Florida to be part of the team that opened the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. My staff threw a best wishes picnic send off on the occasion. Here is a picture from that gathering. You can identify … Continue reading Throwback Thursday and a peculiar game
... and my Cincinnati Reds will not be holding up one of these trophies this year because they are not in the post season... So I must choose my rooting interest for the baseball playoffs this year. I am generally a National League sort of guy. I cannot root for the (recently) hated competitor Cardinals … Continue reading End of the 2021 baseball regular season…
Since I have moved back to Florida I am becoming more familiar with the whole concept of older persons and luckily it seems there are plenty of older persons than myself. In celebration I have a story that relates to this international day. Back in 1989 I was part of the team that opened the … Continue reading Happy International Day of Older Persons
Back in the day I was known as a bit of a ladies man, I have no idea why. Even my father knew, which is why he gifted me the shirt in the picture below. Story behind it is that dad worked in retail and he would sometimes get new products to showcase in his … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – a neat old shirt
The Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 3:20 PM in the Eastern US time zone. Day and Night in balance. Heralding the great autumn season. Here in Florida there will be much less vivid fall colors than there was in the northeast. But the blessed relief from scorching temperatures and daily downpours … Continue reading The Autumnal Equinox will be different in Florida
The pandemic shutdown of theater in New York was very hard to take for those of us who love the art form. While performers took to streaming, I never warmed to the platform. For some odd reason I enjoy sitting shoulder to shoulder with strangers to watch live performers. Not the best pastime during a … Continue reading Broadway takes a big step forward to returning
Back when I was in high school (during the Punic Wars) I was involved in several extracurricular activities, mostly revolving around theatre. But I did take a whirl in that very conservative, very business oriented organization known as Junior Achievement. The deal was to create a mock company, build a product, sell it to reluctant … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Serious Fancy Event with crazy tuxedo selection
Some say that today* is National Iguana Awareness Day. Some will say that the day is to help educate you on how to better keep these lizards as pets. Others will tell you that it is to warn you they could fall out of trees on top of you.** That last one takes some explaining. … Continue reading Look out above for National Iguana Awareness Day