Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on Good Writing

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on Good Writing

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Music and Crusing: A Match Made for Boomers

By Dave Price
This article 1st appeared in  Booming Encore

It’s almost a certainty that in 1959 when Frankie Ford sang the line from his Top-20 hit “won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise” he couldn’t have imagined that in the 21st Century those words would apply to the new, floating, multi-day music festivals now offered by several major cruise lines.


In fact, as Baby Boomers reach retirement ages, nostalgic music-themed cruises are one of the fastest growing segments of the cruise business.
There are now cruises devoted to single artists (Elvis Presley, Kiss, Lynard Skynard), genres (heavy metal, blues, southern rock), decades (50s, 60s, 70s), and themes (rock legends, Where the Action Is)
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Living Where You Love Vs. Living Near Your Grandkids

By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

Recently, Judy, my wife of 44 years, and I experienced a difficult family situation probably best captured by a rephrasing of the oft-repeated lines from the popular song by the British band The Clash – Should we stay or should we go?
Specifically, we had to decide if we were going to remain in Atlanta, Georgia, where we had moved to spend 15 months to be close to our two grandchildren, or return to the Washington, DC area, where we had lived for the previous four-and-a-half years after we retired from our regular careers in the state of New Jersey.
Of course, our situation wasn’t unique. In this contemporary world, where families relocate frequently for work or retirement, it is a dilemma faced fairly regularly. Our friends were eager to offer advice and the Internet was full of guidance. However, we both knew we would have to make the final decision.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

If 2016 Had a Theme Song, It Would Be 'All Things Must Pass'

By Dave Price
This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore


Under a somber November sky, as they waited for the plane arriving into Washington from Dallas, author Mary McGrory turned to then presidential aide, later-to-be Senator from New York Daniel Patrick Moynihan and famously said: “We’ll never laugh again.”
“Oh Mary,” Monihayn replied. “We’ll laugh again, but we’ll never be young again.”
While McGrory and Moynihan were talking about the tragic 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the sentiments expressed seem equally appropriate for so many of us Baby Boomers as we look back on 2016, a brutish year for music which claimed so many performers who had provided us with the soundtracks for our lives.
In fact, it seemed at times that 2016’s main intent was to drive home the fact that while the music of our younger days might last forever, the musicians who created it wouldn’t.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

David Bowie: How Can That Voice Not Be Here Anymore ...



By Dave Price
1st published in Booming Encore

Shirley Giddens remembers with absolute certainty her surroundings when she first heard the news.

It was early morning and she was in her kitchen getting ready for the drive to the South Jersey high school where she has taught English for the past 20 years.
Her boyfriend Sam knocked on the door. She could tell by his face something was seriously wrong.
“He just came up to me, hugged me tightly, and whispered ‘Mr. Bowie died last night’”, Giddens says.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pope and Science Agree; You Should Listen to Your Grandparents


By Dave Price
This article 1st appeared in Medium

When the Pope talks, you better listen. And when he gives you homework, you best do it.
Earlier this month, Pope Francis told a group of Italian children they should frequently listen to their grandparents, ask them questions, and tell them their dreams.
“They remember history, have life experience and, for you, this will be a great gift that will help you in your journey,” the Pope told hundreds of youngsters who were members of the Catholic Action’s children section.
“I’m giving your homework,” said the 80-year-old Pontiff. “Speak often with your grandparents. They, too, have this contagious joy. Ask them lots of things, listen to them. And be sure to tell them your dreams, too.”
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Sewing the Seeds from One Generation to the Next




By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Medium

As a writer on social media, you never really know what will impact your audience. For example, a recent post on my Facebook page set a personal page page record for likes in just two days. The entry contained the above two pictures plus the simple line — Audrey made this dress with some help from her grandmother. So pretty!
The post recorded 161 likes.
But here’s the funny thing. I had absolutely nothing to do with the entry. It was posted and written by my daughter-in-law Shannon. The pictures are of my 8-year-old granddaughter. With a lot of help from my wife Judy (who, of course is also her grandmother), Audrey designed and sewed the dress displayed. The entry only appeared on my page because I was tagged in my daughter-in-law’s post.
So why did this post strike such a chord?
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