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Here is all you need to know to understand why thoughtful Americans believe that Marianne Williamson should become our next President. It’s time we get verrrry serious about next steps.  Listen to her reflections. She is interviewed here on the Larry King Show.

              

Gene Clifford Writes Again

To celebrate my birthday — today, April 20th! — I’m taking the day off to rest my finger bones, and “old” friend Gene Clifford – much younger than I (wink, wink!) — offered to weigh in with a memorable suggestion he wrote about his Rochester, New York’s high school reunion’s basketball game with their traditional adversary.

Ballin’ With Rochester High Schools:  Aquinas vs. McQuaid
Writer: Gene Clifford

  1. Many of you will remember that, on the occasion of our 25th AQ reunion, we participated in a “replay” of the original 1959 Aquinas-McQuaid basketball game between our schools. Unfortunately, our 50th reunion passed without another replay of the game and, as our 60th reunion approaches, the idea has been suggested that we again schedule a replay of that game.  Of course, as 60 years have passed, the first issue that must be dealt with is: “Will walkers be allowed on the court?”  The answer is “Yes, as long as its wheels are rubber and provided that it will be illegal and be called a charging foul if two or more players try to combine their walkers in a “flying wedge” formation in a drive to the basket.”

  2. The offense of “traveling” will be re-defined to include any movement on the court involving a speed in excess of what we would all recognize as a “stroll”.

  3. The offense of “double dribbling” will likewise be re-defined to include a player drooling from both sides of his mouth.

  4. Each player on a team will be required to wear a jersey but instead of his jersey bearing an identifying number, it will bear his blood type.

  5. Each player planning on playing in the game will have to present a doctor’s certificate that his projected life expectancy is no less than two and a half hours, and shall provide his own sworn statement that he has executed a will, power of attorney, and health care proxy before he is allowed on the court. If his will includes a bequest in favor of Aquinas, that player is guaranteed a position on the starting team.

  6. Also, the referees must also be priests. In that way, if there’s a particularly flagrant foul, the referee will be able to not only call the foul but administer last rites to the fouled player, as well.

  7. Finally, since Aquinas is now a coed school, we should be able to have coed cheerleaders. That being the case, I have taken the liberty of sending an email to Betty White and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, requesting that they attend the game to provide cheerleading and any legal disputes that arise.

This space has no coherent writing, apart from Gene’s column, below.  If you’ve read it,  you may move on.  But….enjoy our GRANDDAUGHTERS! Aren’t they cute!! They’re saying “Yaaaay!”

Welcome! Gene Clifford Writes Again

To celebrate my birthday — today, April 20th! — I’m taking the day off to rest my finger bones, and “old” friend Gene Clifford – much younger than I (wink, wink!) — offered to weigh in with a memorable suggestion he wrote about his Rochester, New York’s high school reunion’s basketball game with their traditional adversary.

Ballin’ With Rochester High Schools:  Aquinas vs. McQuaid
Writer: Gene Clifford

  1. Many of you Rochesterians will remember that, on the occasion of our 25th AQ reunion, we participated in a “replay” of the original 1959 Aquinas-McQuaid basketball game between our schools. Unfortunately, our 50th reunion passed without another replay of the game and, as our 60th reunion approaches, the idea has been suggested that we again schedule a replay of that game.  Of course, as 60 years have passed, the first issue that must be dealt with is: “Will walkers be allowed on the court?”  The answer is “Yes, as long as its wheels are rubber and provided that it will be illegal and be called a charging foul if two or more players try to combine their walkers in a “flying wedge” formation in a drive to the basket.”

  2. The offense of “traveling” will be re-defined to include any movement on the court involving a speed in excess of what we would all recognize as a “stroll”.

  3. The offense of “double dribbling” will likewise be re-defined to include a player drooling from both sides of his mouth.

  4. Each player on a team will be required to wear a jersey but instead of his jersey bearing an identifying number, it will bear his blood type.

  5. Each player planning on playing in the game will have to present a doctor’s certificate that his projected life expectancy is no less than two and a half hours, and shall provide his own sworn statement that he has executed a will, power of attorney, and health care proxy before he is allowed on the court. If his will includes a bequest in favor of Aquinas, that player is guaranteed a position on the starting team.

  6. Also, the referees must also be priests. In that way, if there’s a particularly flagrant foul, the referee will be able to not only call the foul but administer last rites to the fouled player, as well.

  7. Finally, since Aquinas is now a coed school, we should be able to have coed cheerleaders. That being the case, I have taken the liberty of sending an email to Betty White and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, requesting that they attend the game to provide cheerleading and any legal disputes that arise.

My friend Gene composed a sweet verbal lullaby to jazz and the musicians who make it sing. It goes like this . . .

THE ROCHESTER CONNECTION
Writer: Gene  Clifford

 About ten years ago, Joyce and I enjoyed a short—”this winter’s too long”—vacation in New Orleans.  We had been there before but had such a good time we wanted to return and enjoy more of the wonderful things that city has to offer.  We did just that, including a visit to Café du Monde—a New Orleans café renowned for its chicory coffee and beignets.

We were sitting at one of the tables outside, enjoying the warmth of the sun—which had not yet made an appearance in Rochester that spring—when a street musician came up to our table and asked if we had any requests.  I immediately responded, “How about “’Round Midnight”, a Thelonious Monk composition which has always been a favorite of mine.  He responded very enthusiastically and immediately began playing it on his saxophone.  His talent was obvious and reminded us of the fact that the street musicians in New Orleans are not only plentiful but frequently very talented, as well.

After finishing “’Round Midnight”, he came back to our table to schmooze a bit and—I’m sure he hoped—to receive a tip for his trouble.  He asked us where we were from and, of course, we replied “Rochester, N.Y.”.  When we did so, a big smile came to his face and he said “ROCHESTER!  Rochester is why I do what I do!”  He went on to explain that, when he was a teenager growing up in New Orleans, every night as he lay in bed he would tune his radio to “clear channel 1180-WHAM”.  He would then proceed to listen to a jazz DJ named Bill Ardis, who had a jazz program called “Ardis Against the Night”—a show that I listened to but, I confess, not as faithfully as our street-musician friend. The program turned him on to music—specifically to jazz–and he decided THAT was what he wanted to do with his life.  So, that is what he IS doing with his life—playing jazz in the place where he grew up, which just happens to be a hotbed of jazz and the birthplace of jazz. And why does he do that? Because of a DJ in Rochester, N.Y., a city which NOW has one of the best jazz festivals in the world but which in Bill Ardis’ time was better known as the home of the Eastman School of Music and classically-oriented music.

So, the next time you’re wondering whether your life has really had any meaning and whether you’ve had an effect on anyone, just remember this story and be assured that there certainly is someone out there—who you may never have met or communicated with—who’s a different person than he or she would have been without your influence.  And if you’re still not convinced, take a trip down to New Orleans and look for a street musician playing saxophone at the Cafe du Monde.