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Break The Rules, And Change

Seventy years ago, cartoonist Chuck Jones created two epic characters who would go on to star in 48 short-run animated films (though there seemed like there were thousands of them): Wile E. Coyote and his arch-rival, the Roadrunner. Those of the Saturday morning cartoon generation, like myself, knew these characters intimately, and each episode by […]

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Going Off The Grid

If you have not yet cut the cathodic cord, you have probably noticed that there are more television commercials on the screen than usual these days. Under economic pressure from “new media” and streaming services, traditional TV has loaded up on advertising to make up the economic difference. Consequently, there about 750 commercials per day, […]

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Redemption

Years ago dear friends of mine took a vacation to the Pacific coastal town of Zihuatanejo. Now, if Zihuatanejo rings a bell, it should. It was the Shangri-La described in “The Shawshank Redemption,” the ultimate destination for the film’s protagonist, Andy Dufresne, when he escaped prison.  “It’s in Mexico,” Andy said. “A little place on […]

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