Amico Mio Mt. Etna

Not everyone can say a volcano did them a favor, but I’m remembering a big one, a giant one, Mt. Etna did for me forty years ago, still vivid in my mind as if it were yesterday.  It erupted in my memory as my PR firm TransMedia Group just formed a partnership with Nunzio Panzarella … More Amico Mio Mt. Etna

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sends plane loads of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.  From a crisis mgt. standpoint, how effective was this political stunt?

“Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” This is a bit awkward for me as I’m a fairly conservative guy who usually votes  Republican, depending on whether the candidate is worthy. … More Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sends plane loads of illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.  From a crisis mgt. standpoint, how effective was this political stunt?

SOMETIMES I FEEL I’M IN A RACE WITH TECHNOLOGY AND LOSING!

My tech-minded wife wants me to buy a car with the latest technology that automatically puts on the brakes if someone suddenly steps out in front.  And if I’m not up to steering, it will steer by itself. After all, I’m not getting any younger she seems to be intimating like a car horn constantly … More SOMETIMES I FEEL I’M IN A RACE WITH TECHNOLOGY AND LOSING!

Act 1 Mar-a-Lago Empire

America’s Most Famous Throne of ContentionByTHOMAS J. Madden FADE IN: INT RITZY PALM BEACH RESTAURANT — LUNCH TIME George Belweather, chairman of the Palm Beach Historical Society, at table with attorney Frank Cravat whose law firm represents billionaire Donald J. Trump, circa 1980s. GEORGE Thanks again for having lunch with me. There’s something important we … More Act 1 Mar-a-Lago Empire

WHY ISN’T THERE A TV DOCUSERIES ABOUT THE MOST FAMOUS RESIDENCE IN THE WORLD, MAR-A-LAGO?

Seeing Trump’s residence Mar-a-Lago on television day after day on local and national television news, I couldn’t help asking myself this Trumpish question: Why isn’t there a TV docuseries about former President Donald J. Trump’s sprawling residence in Palm Beach, Florida when it’s so incredibly newsworthy? It reminds me of another blockbuster TV series set … More WHY ISN’T THERE A TV DOCUSERIES ABOUT THE MOST FAMOUS RESIDENCE IN THE WORLD, MAR-A-LAGO?

TO KEEP LOVE FIT REQUIRES DAILY KISSING WORKOUTS

Love is not all thought.  And not just words, either, but actions! As Eliza sings in My Fair Lady: “Tell me no dreams, filled with desire. If you’re on fire, show me!” No, it’s not a “language” either as pastor Gary Chapman proclaimed 30 years ago in his popular book, “The 5 Love Languages.”   … More TO KEEP LOVE FIT REQUIRES DAILY KISSING WORKOUTS

DO YOUR SNEAKERS NEED THIS?

I was just diagnosed with supination by a foot doctor who took my sneakers away from me that he said were causing it. He said they needed emergency treatment, or what he described as a medical version of wheel alignment.  What? The malalignment stems from my putting too much pressure or weight on the small-toe … More DO YOUR SNEAKERS NEED THIS?

Do You Belong in Hi Society? 

What I call Hi Society is what you normally do when someone’s approaching you while you’re walking along the avenue, boardwalk or beach.  In Hi Society, the common practice is to say “hi” with or without a short wave and maybe a slight smile depending on your mood and how friendly you are with the … More Do You Belong in Hi Society? 

Who’s at Fault?

Having breakfast one steamy hot summer morning outside, I couldn’t help looking up from my oats to the source of my discomfort. The blistering sun was pouring down such intense, almost wrathful heat so early.  “Stop overdoing it,” I impulsively scolded the sun. Then I quickly realized it was partly the fault of We the … More Who’s at Fault?