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The Hum ~ 3/8 ~ What’s New?

What’s new? I woke up this morning thinking about that word: new, and the news. This column isn’t generally “news” oriented, focusing instead on things that are supposed to happen in the future. “We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our

The Hum ~ 2/22 ~ Together

The odometer on our dear old Volvo wagon was still going, well past 200,000 miles. It was time for retirement. We settled on a newish Volkswagen SUV called a Tiguan. Curious about the word, which I never heard before, I googled it and learned that it’s made up, a merging of tiger and iguana thought

The Hum ~ 2/8 ~ Facing absurdity

It seems like someone has hijacked every conversation in America, on all social networks, on TV, in talk among friends. On his latest platform, Facebook, newsman Dan Rather uses theatre as a metaphor for current events. “If all the world’s a stage, and Donald Trump is in the role as President, he is playing the

The Hum ~ 2/1 ~ When, where, what, who & why?

Sometimes things fall through the cracks, plans get waylaid, delayed until it’s too late. Lately, it seems there are plenty of things that grab my attention like a kitty who goes where she’s not supposed to go. You get the picture. I’d arranged for an email interview with Karl Denson, saxophonist for Tiny Universe, a

The Hum ~ 1/25 ~ A good life

You know how you feel some mornings when you wake up and don’t want to get up? The world just doesn’t feel right, like you’ve slipped into an alternative reality. “It’s a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity, the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it

The Hum ~ 1/18 ~ The New Normal

Remember that catchphrase/TV commercial, “I’m not a real doctor, but I play one on TV.” Maybe  it was before your time. The quote came from an actor who starred on the soap General Hospital, and was hawking Vicks cough syrup. The year it was first on TV was 1984, around the time another TV actor, Ronald

The Hum ~ 1/11 ~ The Way We Were

My memory isn’t that great. I’m getting old and I went missing for awhile not too long ago and damaged some synapses, which are only slowly rebuilding. Luckily social media is willing to jar my memory. I have an app on my iPad called “Memoir” that taps into my history, reminding what I was posting