TWA Terminal at JFK Airport

Standing outside of Terminal 5 at JFK three years ago, I thought the vacant TWA Terminal was an eyesore.  I was tempted to ask when George Jetson and his family moved out. There’s more to it than that, though.  Click the link below to see text, photos and video which go way beyond the concrete impression I had. In my defense, I saw the building from the outside after spending the night on a red eye from SFO.  The coffee they sold in Terminal 5 was not my brand (is that a delicate way of putting it, or what?), so … Continue reading TWA Terminal at JFK Airport

New Mammogram Guidelines To Approach With Caution

Disclaimer: I have no healthcare credentials, and this post is strictly an opinion piece in response to a news report.  A link to the report appears at the end of this post.   When I read in The NY Times that The American Cancer Society had issued new, less rigid guidelines for mammograms in preventive care, my first reaction was relief.  Earlier this year, a routine screening mammogram produced ambiguous results, and I had to go back for more x-rays.  I got a clean bill of health on the same day as the follow-up procedure, but it was stressful and … Continue reading New Mammogram Guidelines To Approach With Caution

When We Think We’re Reading A News Article, But Really It’s Advertising

Please click the link below to read the first item on the Columbia Journalism Review post.  It’s especially important if you’ve never heard the word “native” used to describe something on a news site. For the owners of media outlets, often the real issue is generating enough ad revenue to stay in business.  Newspapers and magazines are losing money, and even the more ethical publishers are getting desperate. It’s discouraging when people fail to question what they read, see or hear.  Most young people aren’t taught to engage their critical thinking skills, and that laziness can stay with them for … Continue reading When We Think We’re Reading A News Article, But Really It’s Advertising

Bart’s Comics, John Philbrook

If you haven’t discovered the adventures of Bart and Mark, your life is missing something.  You can follow them on Twitter (username @BartsComics) and on Facebook.  Today’s cartoon appears near the middle of this post. I find this particular cartoon touching because it reminds me of the message on an Ephemera button worn by my dear friend, John Philbrook. It said CUT THE CRAP. I’M PSYCHIC. John’s button disappeared one day when he was at work (his jacket was left in a place that wasn’t very secure, and the button was on the jacket). He asked me to find a … Continue reading Bart’s Comics, John Philbrook

Workplace Sexual Harassment

There’s an excellent opinion piece in the Oct. 20 New York Times.  A link appears at the end of this post. In 1981, my mother did clerical work in a community college department which counseled students on career choices.  The college offered job-training classes, including auto mechanics.  The classes were all co-ed. There was a problem with male students harassing the one woman in the auto mechanics class.  The female student had reported the abuse to her instructor, and he responded with conventional “wisdom.”  He told her to get used to it or give up on the possibility of working … Continue reading Workplace Sexual Harassment

The Gymnast, 2006 Movie

If you’re looking for an excellent LGBT-themed movie to rent, I recommend The Gymnast, Ned Farr’s 2006 character study starring Dreya Weber and Addie Yungmee. The Gymnast is one of those gems that plays at film festivals, wins several awards and then disappears.  That’s one of life’s injustices. The two central characters, Jane and Serena, engage in introspection and learn through experience.  It’s a thinker’s film, besides being beautifully photographed. The end credits note that The Gymnast is dedicated to David De Simone, who played Jane’s controlling husband.  He passed away soon after completing his work on the film. The official trailer appears … Continue reading The Gymnast, 2006 Movie

Another Sidewalk Disruption In The Castro

I won’t try to recall how many months the residents, merchants and visitors in the Castro neighborhood were expected to be patient with noise, dust and general chaos while construction workers widened the sidewalks and installed bronze plaques honoring LGBT persons in history. During that time, a Twitter pal of mine in Brazil posted photos from his visit to the Bay Area.  The pictures in the Castro showed him posing next to open trenches and orange barricades. The noise, dust and general chaos have resumed, albeit on a smaller scale.  This time it’s a different project under those new sidewalks, … Continue reading Another Sidewalk Disruption In The Castro