“Renaissance” is a fine name for that period in Europe’s history (roughly the 15th and 16thcenturies, give or take a week or two). But it’s too often used as an adjective for someone who’s adept in several categories of creativity—just as “genius” is the operative term in Hollywood for just about everyone who can string together a sentence, splice together some film and amass enough investors to churn out a hit movie.Read More
I just entered the all-new Publishers Clearing House raffle and fully expect that next month I’ll win its “authorized prize” of “1,000 a day for life.” I’m not sure what the non-authorized prizes are but once the company starts sending me my $365,000 per annum I’m sure I won’t care. Also, this column’s rotating themes will become wealth management, yacht maintenance and advice on hiring servants.Read More
Please pardon today’s detour from The Golden State and join me for a cyber junket to my birthplace, whose nickname is The Empire State. And while I usually dispatch these columns from my home in Sacramento, The Big Tomato, today we’re going to zoom in on New York City, The Big Apple.Read More
Giving your home an annoyingly cute name supposedly can increase its value, according to a recent front-page story in the Wall Street Journal.
The WSJ is one of my favorite sources for humor. Among my other faves are the New York Times, the Economist, and warring scientific studies (e.g., we get too much sleep vs. we don’t get enough sleep; coffee’s good for us even though it may not be; fasting’s a great idea except when it isn’t).Read More
Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Long Overdue (and Nicely Punctuated) Apostrophizing past...Read More
There’s a game picking up steam both in the U.S. and abroad that doesn’t require you to wear protective headgear, shin guards, goggles or thousand-dollar sports shoes. It’s called chess.
Chess may be a slow-moving moving game to play (just behind Monopoly, especially on an inclement day) or to watch (barely ahead of being at a stadium for a baseball no-hitter on a 100-degree day).Read More
I’ve always wondered why “Go fly a kite!” was considered a putdown, either in childhood or thereafter. To me, it sounded more like someone suggesting you do something whimsical, energetic and out in the fresh air. To recap, where some heard “Scram” I heard “Have a nice day.”Read More
If I were in charge of what constitutes “a thing” in our current culture, Suggestible Eating would top the list.
If there’s a scene in a movie in which the characters eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, I begin to salivate—not just for any old food but precisely for what they’re having, especially if they appear to be enjoying it.Read More
This past March, just as the world was beginning its pandemic shutdown, Andrew Rogerson still was able to help one of his clients sell a medical-supply manufacturing business for $3.1 million.
“I get a success fee when that happens,” he says. And if the company wouldn’t have sold despite Rogerson’s best efforts? “Oh sometimes I get a thank-you note,” he says in his deadpan, Aussie accent, which somehow can make a situation sound funny rather than frustrating.Read More