Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
While perusing the new summer fare that is being offered up in the name of entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on just one word: morals. Where have they gone? I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong.
Oh sure, there were others who weren’t totally in step with my Catholic school values but nonetheless, we all had some sort of standards that we lived by.
I now observe the obvious void of decency in the ever influential media. Being of a seasoned age, I shouldn’t overreact to what is being hailed as a “must see” flick or limited television series. Shocked, hardly, disgusted and disappointed, most definitely. The “anything goes” mentality is flagrant. There was a time when major networks suggested that “adult themed” programs were being viewed after 9 p.m. Not anymore. Flashbacks to days when family television culminated in a life lesson to embrace, most certainly has gone by the wayside. To glorify nudity and pervasive language in today’s society is considered the “norm,” culture and refinement, a quality of the past. It is difficult not be offended and assaulted while four letter words are being bellowed from ones den.
I don’t want to “get with the times” if that means compromising my values and throwing my solid upbringing to the curb. I plan on hanging tightly to my memories when creed and standards were meaningful, decent and something to be proud of.
Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has frustrated commuters for years with it’s ridiculous fares, limited trains and constant problems, especially during the rush hour ride home.
Though the MTA is making an effort to add more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
After surviving the “Cold Blooded” episode last week, the eight remaining contestants on Ink Master faced off in a “Flash Challenge” testing their ability to use finesse. The tougher the situation, the more finesse an artist needs to create a masterpiece, and this week was no exception.
Artists were given five hours to tattoo amputees. The residual limb left behind after an amputation can be badly traumatized, unusually shaped and scarred. The artists were challenged to create a phenomenal tattoo on the residual limb to make these amputees love the part of their body they are missing. Although all of the contestants created beautiful designs, Bethpage’s Erik Siuda’s incorporation of the scar tissue and pre-existing tattoo into his design showed the most finesse.