Stan is sure he can keep it up

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In 1833, Charles Lamb wrote, “The good things of life are not to be had singly, but come to us with a mixture.”

The following is a mixture of thoughts I scribbled on scraps of paper these past few weeks.

How did Bob Beckel and brother Graham enjoy their holiday festivities together with their families? Bob, a regular all over the Fox News Channel is far left and Graham, the actor, is a strong conservative who loves his brother, but admits that momma dropped Bob on his head when he was a baby.

How about James Carville and his wife, righty Mary Matalan; then there is left-wing commentator Leslie Marshal and her orthopedic surgeon husband who hates Obamacare; and, of course, Alan Colmes and conservative sister-in-law Monica Crowley?

We got around to seeing “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Great flick, but very long. If you intend to see it, I have two words of advice for you. First, make sure you visit the restroom before the show starts and second, bring a sandwich with you. The movie is three hours long. Add the trailers and candy announcements and you’ll be sitting there for almost three and a half hours. By the way, when did “coming attractions” become “trailers?”

Parade is a nationwide Sunday newspaper magazine. It is distributed in more than 500 newspapers and, with a circulation of 32.2 million and a readership of nearly 70 million, is currently the most widely read magazine in the United States.

A recent edition of Parade asked, “Why does Mickey Mouse wear gloves?”

The response was twofold: first, the gloves were to make him appear more human and second, they are easier to draw.

I recently cruised on the Disney Dream, which is one of the finest vessels in the ocean for adults as well as children. As I walked by Mickey, I did what all of us little kids were doing. I held a hand up and shouted “High five!” Mickey responded by holding his hand up and squeaked, “High four!”


It was at then that I realized that I have gone a whole lifetime without noticing that Mickey’s gloves have only four fingers on each hand.

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that my British friend and colleague, Shavana Abruzzo, and I applied and received our jobs for this newspaper on the same day twenty-five years ago. I was thinking about that day and I remember the editor saying, “I know you can probably write a little, but can you keep it up?”

I have never missed a deadline, and when I knew I would be leaving town I always covered myself, as I am doing now, by submitting two or three extra creations at the same time.Twenty-five years times 52 columns a year equals 1,300 columns.

That’s a lot of words, and I do know that I can respond to that question today. I am stating with confidence, “Yes. I can keep it up.”

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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