Chuck Hinson is a freelance writer, entertainment publicist, blogger and record promoter.
THE NIGHT I WAS SLAMMED BY A DIESEL TRUCK
Although my wounds are already beginning to heal, at times it still feels as if it were only yesterday: It was just four days before Christmas, 2019. I had been caregiver to a disabled friend and, that evening, she asked me to pick up something for dinner rather than cook. She wanted a hot ham-and-cheese sandwich from Giovanni's Pizza so, at about 6:30, I decided to walk three blocks down to the restaurant to fill her order. In fact, I'd even get a big chocolate-chip cookie along with it. After all, the weather was mild, I didn't have to waste gas, and there was very little traffic on the road. So what could possibly go wrong?
Steps To Confident Sales Success
Years ago, when he was ten years old, my son Tim found the shell of a July fly (what Yankees call “cicadas”), then brought it to me and asked what it was. I told him it used to be the skin of a bug, but it wiggled out of it when it grew new skin and left it behind. He studied it and said, “Hmmm! I bet it hurt getting out of this!” I assured him it did (though I didn't know for sure. Cicadas are tight-lipped about things like that, I guess) and that it probably felt a lot better now. Tim replied, “That's probably why their chirps sound so happy!”
The Day I Gave My Cat a Hand
Of all the feline fleaflickers that I had, my huge Bombay, Kabuki, was undoubtedly the most independent. Trying to train him was nearly impossible. But God bless him; if the rest of my cats were the Real McCoys, he was "Grandpappy Amos." Sadly, he's no longer with me—but one fateful day could've made his demise a lot earlier in his illustrious life.
The Story of TV's Lloyd Thaxton—In His Own Words
During the 1960s, THE LLOYD THAXTON SHOW was the favorite TV spot for millions of teens and preteens throughout the United States. From the Monkees to the "Mashed Potato," Lloyd gave the kids an awesome mix of dance, special musical guest stars—and the great Thaxton humor. When the show left the air, he went on to produce Fight Back! with David Horowitz, over 200 segments of the Today Show, gain five Emmys, and cowrite the popular book, STUFF HAPPENS—And Then You Fix It! Just prior to his passing, he was producing a new DVD chronicling his famous teen show. I caught up with Lloyd in May of 2007 and he graciously consented to this interview:
Strong Lessons From a Simple Guitar
Years ago, when I was just barely into my teens, my dad came home from work carrying a battered old guitar he'd found at a yard sale. He knew I had wanted to learn to play one for a long time; I’d seen folk groups, country acts—even some new group called The Beatles playing them, and it looked like so much fun. In fact, while these performers were on TV, I’d watch carefully for the close-up shots, and (using a baseball bat as a “guitar”) I’d mimic their fingering, the position of the chords, and the timing.
On Cow Farts and Congress
Like so many of us, I start off the day by reading the news about all the nonsense going on in Washington. It seems like so much it centers around some youngster who goes by the initials "AOC." With her crazy plans to do everything from cutting out private insurance to stopping cows from cutting the cheese, it seems she wants to give us all a big dose of "Cortezone". Now, if you're not familiar with this young Representative—who is said to be the new leader of the liberals—you can always Google her name.
We Can ALL Be Winners Despite Our Diagnosis
"But I don't know WHY I feel this way. Do you think I could be bipolar or something?" That's the first question I asked my counselor when, years ago, my life was full of inexplicable ups and downs. Here's what I took away from that:
More Tips on Winning, Despite Our Bipolar Diagnosis
Before we begin this installment, let's review some of the highlights of the last one: An activity that can help us keep our diagnosis under control is to keep a written journal of how we're feeling. It doesn't matter how you write it or what words you use; just let your mind and emotions go as you write!
We're Gonna Win, Despite Our Bipolar Diagnosis!
In my last post, I listed a number of toll-free numbers that we can use in the event we need someone to talk to, and help us through a "cycle" (the word's used to describe either a manic or depressive stage). Then we covered the issue of medications (and, listen, I can't be too emphatic on this: If you've been prescribed med(s) to help you, then take them regularly! Don't skip a dose, or take too many of them! If you have bad side effects, discuss this with your psychiatrist. He or she can find a better one for you).
YOU'RE GONNA WIN, Despite Your Bipolar Diagnosis!
While it's true that bipolar disorder is incurable, there are things we can do to handle it successfully and live a happier and more stable emotional life. So, before I begin this second article, let's review what we learned from the first one: