cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The morning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a front-page story titled ‘Safe and sound at the barbershop’ credited to Jason Stein. It dealt with Damien Smith, a youth organizer for Safe & Sound who has put together a Monday session with a barber where young inner city men gather to talk with him while they receive a haircut. This was an eye-opening story, for me at least; it provided me with the view these young men have of themselves and their individual destiny as they live life day-by-day in the Amani and Harambee neighborhoods of Milwaukee, among the highest crime-rate areas in Milwaukee.
Health care insurers have been in a merger frenzy; fearful apparently that they might either get taken over or get lost in the dance of elephants. The top five in size have now succeeded in making that group the top three presuming that all requisite governmental approvals are received. These three will control a significant majority of the total market.
We are involved in the ‘Drone drama’ whether or not we wish to be involved. Drones have captured much of our attention. We were watching the audience at a recent July 4th Concert in Woodland Park, CO where a drone was being used to gather video to be used later in advertising, etc.
I have shared my, as some would perceive, peculiar habit of viewing the obituaries each morning as I look at the newspaper. If there is a person with whom I am familiar or have met, I want to be able to be considerate of his or her family members during the period following his or her death, and I am often taken by a nickname and in wondering how that had been earned. If I have known the person, I take time to reflect on what he or she meant to me while alive and on what I may take as a lesson from our relationship.