“I’m lucky so many things annoy me, because if they didn’t I’d hardly have anything at all to talk about Sunday nights.” So said Andy Rooney, referring to his essays at the end of 60 Minutes where he ranted on such ordinary subjects as paperweights, chocolate chip cookies and even Michael Jackson lyrics. It was a segment that worked for him for decades, probably because the subject of complaining is relatable–we all get annoyed at something at some point.  I… Read more »

This weekend I took a little road trip to take my son to camp. With nothing on the radio, I dug around and came up with a cassette. It had no artist cover, just my loopy, teenage handwriting all over the paper liner. Yes, it was a mix tape. From 1987. So I popped it in the player and started to sing (while my son pushed his headphones deeper into his ears). I found myself thinking about the power of… Read more »