Marco den Ouden
Since retiring in 2014 after forty years in broadcast journalism, Marco has become an avid blogger on politics and philosophy (The Jolly Libertarian), travel (The Destinations Guru) and a contributor to a music blog (The Song Bar).
Life and Death in Ocean Reef
The young believe they are invincible. They believe they can take great chances and great risks. Their concept of death is that it is something that happens to others. It is something that affects old people, never them. But this foolhardiness, sadly, sometimes becomes hubris. And it comes back to bite them.
Odds bodkins, my lad and lass! What can you find odd About this rhythmic lark? What is it? Can you risk an opinion?
An Alternate View of Democracy
Democracy as a political ideal has nothing to recommend it. Pure democracy is simply majority rule. It is devoid of any moral principle. If the majority wants it, anything goes.
He met her at a party. One of those affairs where each of them knew the hostess, but didn’t know anyone else. One of those affairs where you were expected to mix and mingle.
My Favorite _________
The local cable access station created a game show of sorts a while ago called My Favorite Blank. That was how it was generally referred to as the last word changed from show to show. Each show had a theme and three guests were drawn by lot each week to participate in the next show. It so happened that recently, the subject was sandwiches. Oh! The show is about to begin. Let’s join the host, Monty Spellbinder.
Jesse Livermore: World's Greatest Stock Trader
"The stock market is the world's biggest gold mine, a gold mine that opens its doors every day and invites anyone and everyone in to plumb its depths and leave with wheelbarrows full of gold bars, if they can!" That was Jesse Livermore telling his two sons about the stock market. And he knew because he had done it.
I can't put off writing this any longer. In an hour I may be dead. My name is George Marlin. I am a procrastinator. Yeah. Yeah. I know that sounds like what drunks say at their first AA meeting, but there is no such thing as Procrastinators Anonymous. Too, bad. If there had been, maybe I wouldn't be in this predicament. But it'd never fly anyway. Nobody would ever attend their first meeting. They'd keep putting it off!
The skunk, thought Teddy, was a loathsome creature. It was to be avoided. Shunned. If you got too close it would turn on you and spray you with its secretions. Secretions so vile they would burn the eye and sear the nostril.