Price of Courage

An unidentified person (apparently he doesn’t have the courage to come forward), paid $3,077,000 for the Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz. If he only had a brain. Target sells the same Cowardly Lion costume for $49.99! Okay, before you send in the Flying Monkeys, I realize that they’re …

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American Graffiti

Just when you thought technology had flushed anonymity out to sea, there is still a venue where privacy exists: the public restroom. For centuries, public restrooms have been a place to answer the call of duty. But something happened on the way to that meeting in the ladies room. Latrinalia — better known, outside of …

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Dead Presidents

Years ago I rescued Andrew Jackson and George Washington in Anaheim. Excuse me; I’m getting ahead of myself. When I was about twelve years old, I found $63 (three 20s and three 1s) under this bench in Frontierland at Disneyland. And for 30 seconds, I was the happiest kid at what is widely known as …

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Nicknames

My name is Gordo (affectionately fat). Well, not really. It’s my immediate family nickname — used mostly by my parents when they call or refer to me. (I was chubby baby.) That said, I’ve always been curious about the genesis of nicknames. My own kids, Samantha, Jada, and Atticus received “Honey Bear,” “J,” and “Papas,” …

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Eye-opening Visit

Yesterday I met a student whom I’ll call “Cynthia.” She has moderate to severe learning disabilities, anxiety, and emotional distress. I cannot reference the cause of her distress, but suffice it to say, her scumbag father is not allowed near her (and her mother isn’t equipped to raise her). She is now in foster care. …

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Rose, Jack, and Yeonmi Park

Like so many of you, Yeonmi Park (pictured) was affected by the movie Titanic. Before I get to that, allow me to share a little about her. She survived merciless starvation by eating dragon flies, frogs, tree bark, and grass. Her father was imprisoned, tortured, and ultimately broken. She witnessed a live execution of her …

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She’s 40!

Hello Kitty and her twin sister, Mimmy, turned 40 today! I know what you’re thinking: Who is Mimmy? Apparently, Hello Kitty took two steps forward, while sister Mimmy took two steps back, and it’s been that way since November 1, 1974, when Hello Kitty first appeared on a vinyl coin purse in Japan. (She would …

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