Budget Cuts and the Bus

So often when officials slash budgets they are just crunching numbers rather than considering stories of loss.  This article by N.C. Maisak from the New York Times tells how a group of Queens, New York bus riders who have become friends, practically family, over their years while riding the QM22 route, are losing their community on wheels because of cuts by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  Just a poignant little reminder of the … Continue reading Budget Cuts and the Bus

Ellen Goodman’s Graceful Exit

Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman pauses to “recalculate the purpose of a longer life” as she retires after 46 years.  When is it time to make a graceful exit and where does one go next?  I’m a ways from this choice but I like how she’s letting herself go.       http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/01/01/letting_go_and_looking_ahead/?rss_id=Boston+Globe+–+Op-ed+columns For more information on Vicky Collins visit http://teletrendstv.com. Continue reading Ellen Goodman’s Graceful Exit

Esther’s Last Dance

Esther Heller tells me she used to be a dancer.  She says she won competitions in Paris and Athens and even Kamchatka (although she no longer is certain where that is.)  She used to teach dancing in Denver.  Waltzes and Polkas and Fox Trots.  She did it for free so people could learn to move their feet.  But now Esther’s feet have betrayed her.  Until … Continue reading Esther’s Last Dance

A Denver Death Examined

I was particularly moved by Denver Post reporter Karen Auge’s story about the death of one homeless man and the efforts to uncover his backstory.  What probably made people notice this death is the photo of a trio of maintenence workers on the 16th Street Mall who were trying to revive him.  To the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless each of these lives matter but how often … Continue reading A Denver Death Examined

Michael Jackson Dies

Say it isn’t so!  Pop icon Michael Jackson dies of a heart attack at age 50.  So much music left in him.  Too young to die.  I remember how excited we were hopping in big buses 25 years ago on July 16, 1984 and going en masse from Wichita to Kansas City for the opening night of his Victory Tour.  We anticipated it for weeks.  … Continue reading Michael Jackson Dies