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pschindler
I am a retired 8th grade US History teacher and journalist; married, two daughters, MIT grad
Interests: Collecting journalism movies, journalism books, journalism quotes, Firesign Theatre, Duck's Breath Mystery Theater, Ian Shoales, American narrative humor, Keilor, Benchley, Groucho Marx, S.J. Perleman
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First, let me say I hope you have been “in the zone” at least once in your life. And it you haven’t been I sincerely hope you will someday have that magical experience. It is breathtaking and transcendent. And, of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
I experienced flow early one morning last week. Then two hours later, I was flabbergasted when the Daily Calm talk by Tamara Levitt described, in precise terms, what had just happened to me. My wife uses the term synchronicity for... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
Gary Larson Returns I was a huge fan of Gary Larson’s cartoon The Far Side, so much so that I owned all his books, which I gave away, and his boxed set, the only cartoon collection I still own. Thank... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
I was talking to my 39-year-old daughter this week about the word groovy, because I had just found myself humming and then ordering the 59th Street Bridge Song by Simon and Garfunkel (fading cultural reference), aka “Feeling Groovy.” “Groovy is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
Definitely, Maybe was a 2008 romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds. The plot device is Reynolds telling his daughter how he met and proposed to her mother. It is a complicated story, involving a number of different lovers, some simultaneous. My... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
I did a brief on this last week, and on sober reconsideration, decided it was worth more than that. Steve Kirsch was sports editor of The Tech, and despite that has gone on to quite a career as an entrepreneur... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
The journalists among you may notice that my weekly posts are intended to be in the journalistic style known as an inverted pyramid. That way, if you run out of steam while reading, you’ve seen what I think is most... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
Rich Buck tipped me off to Mike Manson’s Life Advice Blog. On the subject of happiness: -----begin excerpt---------- Unhappiness is a mistake – If you’ve read a number of articles or books about happiness, you’ve probably come across, at some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
As far as I know, I only have one Southern reader, and I doubt he will make the false claim I have heard, but can’t find on the Internet, that Northerners are being hypocritical—again—by objecting to uninvited federal troops when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
Once again, I have had the ashes of illusion removed from my eyes. I always loved my jobs, as did most of my friends. So I assumed this was the general rule among boomers. I mentioned it at breakfast, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
The Invisible Witness. The film’s self-description: “A locked-room mystery with a twist: A slickly successful businessman wakes up next to his dead lover and becomes the chief suspect. His defense lawyer's never lost a case, but can even she help... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
Frankly, I had been expecting to finally make a dent in my large backlog of books during Covid. While I do have some extra time now (frankly, for a retired guy whose wife is still working at home, Covid isn’t... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
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People from the West are not as familiar with this phenomenon as people from the East, so I am surprised Scott Adams knew it, but maybe he runs into a lot of Harvard people at Comicons.Or ran into them, back... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
I have always been proud of my alma mater, but never more than now. Check out this letter to the editor of The Tech: Use technology to allow students back on campus. And then there is this proposal, from fellow... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
Love, Medicine and Miracles By Bernie Siegel, M.D. Subtitle: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon's Experience with Exceptional Patients. Although it was first published in 1984, I just read this book. It should be handed out by any oncologist... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
With enormous pleasure, I relaunch an ancient feature from before I moved my blog to Typepad. It used to be called Letters from Europe, but since Britain foolishly decided to exit the EU, I feel the new title is more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
This was brought to my attention: Tuesday's online NY Times includes the weekly dialogue of columnists Gail Collins and Bret Stephens. Commenting on Trump and the combat-clad federal force invading Portland, Oregon, Stephens says of the President: "It’s like he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
Early this year, I mentioned to Vicki that I had written 25 million words of journalism, memoir, fiction and radio scripts, but never a word of poetry. “Perhaps you weren’t inspired,” was her simple response. Since then, I have written... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
As you will see in an item below, I leave poetry on the breakfast table for my wife three days a week. This week, I left her a short Rumi poem: “Love is the religion and the universe is the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
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CORRECTION Oops This is even better an example of the phenomenon--check your facts, don't rely on memes-- than I realized. Thank you Bruce Murdock, for noting that this is NOT a picture of William A. Mitchell. It comes from this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
I just want to say again something I have said before; I have been blessed in this life, with the loving support and gentle correction of a number of amazing women. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, “Everything I am or ever... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
I spent most of time with my nuclear family until age 18. Never went to camp, scarcely ever traveled. One house. One grade school: the same 120 kids for eight years. Very few cousins. A small universe. Suddenly in September... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
Generally, I think poems that need explaining are stupid. But I want you to know precisely where this one comes from. Yes, I have already published it once before in this column, but I don’t want to take the chance... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things
First, some brief context. I was a big fan of Martin Mull in the 70s, when he made his living playing funny songs. I tried to download some, but Itunes only had one I'd never heard of, I'm Everybody I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at P.S. A Column On Things