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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A TRIBUTE TO KEN WRIGHT 1935-2014 PART 4


MY DAD TAUGHT ME...TO LOVE GOOD FOOD

Okay, that one I might have taken that one a little too far, as my waistline can attest to.  But not only have I fed my soul, but I also have fueled the economy.  

I’m pretty sure my baker bought a boat off of his profits from me alone. 

This is a 12-day tribute to my dad, who died a few days before Thanksgiving this year, from his first-born son.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A TRIBUTE TO KEN WRIGHT 1935-2014 PART 3

MY DAD TAUGHT ME...TO ALWAYS BE POLITE

Being well-mannered has helped me survive some pressure cooker job situations. 

Certainly there have been many workdays where I held the wolves at bay with kindness while bluffing my way through till I figured out the true demands of the job.

This is a 12-day tribute to my dad, who died a few days before Thanksgiving this year, from his first-born son. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A TRIBUTE TO KEN WRIGHT 1935-2014 PART 2

MY DAD TAUGHT ME...THE VALUE OF AN EDUCATION

Which led to four years of bone-chilling walks to classes across the vast, frozen winter campus at Kent State University. 

Along with a journalism degree, I also learned how to flirt with girls. 

One KSU gal became my wonderful wife of more than 25 years and counting.


This is a 12-day tribute to my dad, who died a few days before Thanksgiving this year, from his first-born son.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A TRIBUTE TO KEN WRIGHT 1935-2014 PART 1



MY DAD TAUGHT ME TO....
ROOT FOR THE UNDERDOG:


This was a crucial life lesson for anyone who follows Cleveland’s hapless sports teams!

It also taught me to look out for the less fortunate throughout my life.

In Miami, my wife and I have “adopted” a friend from the Mariel Boatlift and gotten him on Medicaid, found him a subsidized apartment, loaned him money to repair his truck so he could hold a part-time job.

This is a 12-day tribute to my dad, who died a few days before Thanksgiving this year, from his first-born son.

Friday, December 12, 2014

THIRD PLACES -- Part 3

YOU CAN JUDGE THE QUALITY OF A CITY BY ITS NUMBER OF THIRD PLACES




Human is the key word in defining a Third Place. 

In these days of rapid telecommuting, where you can order darn near all your daily needs online -- and someday soon may see a drone rather than a human being delivering those products of e-commerce – it is too easy to fall into the trap of being an e-hermit.

You “connect” with maybe 100 people per day – via text, email, instant message or an ever-exploding of platform or connectivity known as social media.

But how do you share a smile, read body language, answer at the same time, whisper secret commentary and hear a spontaneous belly laugh in cyberspace?

You don’t.

That is why people of all cultures crave Third Places.
 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

THIRD PLACES -- Part 2

YOU CAN JUDGE THE QUALITY OF A CITY BY ITS NUMBER OF THIRD PLACES



Third Places have regulars – that professorial looking guy with the scary big eyebrows, oddball haircut and careworn herringbone jacket scribbling ideas on a legal pad, the cat glasses cool and retro Betty Paige dyed hair gal incessantly smoking Gauloises cigarettes and the cute young couple that used to close the bars but now sacrifice sleep to the infant they now push in a funky euro-made pram.

Third Places are not the domain of any gender, age, race or economic status.

Which is to say Third Places ARE the domain of everyone in the city, town or village that is blessed to have them.

Barbershops most certainly are Third Places, from Floyd’s friendly banter in the Andy Griffith Show to the antics in African American barbershops that have become a franchise in popular Hollywood movies.

Unlike 6 a.m. pilates , 9 a.m. reporting to work, 1 p.m. dentist appointment, 7 p.m. soccer practice and 9 p.m. tuck the kids in bed at home – Third Places have no hard and fast hours.

Third Places have absolutely no attendance requirements – which is exactly why its inhabitants love congregating at them as much as humanly possible.

Part 3 tomorrow

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

THIRD PLACES

YOU CAN JUDGE THE QUALITY OF A CITY BY ITS NUMBER OF THIRD PLACES



Third Places are the essence of life.

They are comfortable, familiar, warm and fun.

They are NOT your home – that is the first place.

They are NOT your work – that is the second place.

Third Places are locations where social, vibrant activity takes place.

Famous television Third Places include the Arnold’s diner on Happy Days, Cheers bar on Cheers and Central Perk on Friends.

But a Third Place doesn’t even have to cost you the price of a burger, mug of beer or cup of Joe.

A Third Place can be Domino Park in Miami’s Little Havana, the urban green market in New York’s Union Square or scenic Mirror Lake in the center of the giant Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.

Part 2 Tomorrow