Everyday Jacob Marleys

Every year around this time I reread Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I also watch it on TV. It doesn’t matter if it is Alastair Moore, George C Scott, Patrick Stewart or Jim Carrey playing the role of Scrooge, I just can’t get enough of this tale....

Recalling and Regretting Band Aid

Almost 30 years ago, a group of recording artists led by Bob Geldof formed an ensemble called Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Africa. If you are a child of the 1980s like me you’ll remember the single “Do they know it’s Christmas?”...

Adopt a Grandparent, they’re Biodegradable

At the moment I am sitting in a diner somewhere in northern Jersey. It’s that weird pre lunch hour where the only patrons are the elderly and, apparently, consumer researchers who are in between interviews. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the...