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Generally Speaking – Columns

Generally Speaking is the Voyageur's forum for columns, cartoons, and letters to the editor. Skeeter Tales by Joel Seibel is our very own locally produced cartoon. Columns include "Wright News" by Jennie K. Hanson, "Villa Vista News" by Renee Klejeski and "Slices of Life" by Jill Pertler. Views expressed in columns, cartoons, and letters represent the views of the authors.

 

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I'm hearing voices, and recognizing a few

We are the Nielsens

He took the money ... and has done something with it

Images of the last week

Governing against the will of the people

A shortage of what?!

Hiding behind the monogram

New Year's Wishes for 2015

Christmas is a feeling

State's Rights

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

I’ve gone Gaga

Never in a million years would I have expected to say this, but I have gone totally Gaga.

We did not watch the Academy Awards show, as this year we managed not to see any of the nominated movies. Usually, we’ll have seen one, or maybe two. Actually, thinking about it, we didn’t make to a movie theater this last year. From the awards show’s reviews, it sounds as though we didn’t miss much – except a reported fantastic tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. When I heard it was a medley performed by Lady Gaga, I was intrigued as I haven’t been a fan of her.

Her Ladyship has done some good work in the past few months performing duets with Tony Bennett, but taking on the Sound of Music is different. Then I saw a snippet of her performance on TV. What I heard sounded pretty good. So, I went online and retrieved a copy of the full performance. It was – pick one – surprising, astounding, terrific, marvelous, wonderful. She received a standing ovation from the audience, and when Julie Andrews (Julie Andrews losing her voice due to complications from having nodes removed from her vocal chords many years ago was, in my opinion, one of the great cultural losses of the 20th century.) came onstage to give her a hug, it became emotional. Out from ...

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news photo
Other Columns

We are the Nielsens

He took the money ... and has done something with it

Images of the last week

Governing against the will of the people

A shortage of what?!

Hiding behind the monogram

New Year's Wishes for 2015

Christmas is a feeling

State's Rights

Giving means different things to different people

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

I’m hearing voices, and recognizing a few

I recognize that voice! Who is it? How many times have you gone through that exercise when hearing a commercial. This week we were blessed with a visit from our granddaughter, now the over two and one-half year-old Bootsy. The grand plan was to be able to be outdoors for some February fun.

Well, two things got in the way. First she was sick; followed by grandpa getting sick. Then, even if we were able to get more than five feet away from a tissue, Ma Nature decided to put us into the deep freeze for the week. One news agency called it a Siberian express; maybe it was Mr. Putin retaliating for continued economic sanctions.

So, out came the DVDs and videos. Shocking, I know, but we watched Frozen a couple times. Curmudgeon alert: I found myself thinking that I wished Idina Menzel had sung the National Anthem before the Super Bowl as well as she sang “Let it Go.” (She admitted in an interview that she slowed down the Star Spangled Banner so she could “take in the moment.” I thought the presentation of the National Anthem was about something other than the singer. Silly me.) We then watched Cars, Paul Newman’s last movie (he was the voice of Doc Hudson), and the highest grossing film in which he acted.

Moving to an earlier generation, we dug out some of our VHS movies, and watched Bambi ...

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news photo
Other Columns

He took the money ... and has done something with it

Images of the last week

Governing against the will of the people

A shortage of what?!

Hiding behind the monogram

New Year's Wishes for 2015

Christmas is a feeling

State's Rights

Giving means different things to different people

On the road again

» Jennie Hanson's Wright/Cromwell News – online

We are the Nielsens

I’ve never used a pen name or adopted an alias. My family’s not in the witness protection program, which I’m assuming would necessitate a name change. But this week we are the Nielsens. It’s a moniker steeped in power, prestige and a TV viewing diary.

The Nielsen in our house is the Nielsen Company, which establishes ratings and rankings for TV shows by gathering information from regular people like us. Families are randomly selected and asked to participate by keeping a TV viewing diary for seven days. People in large cities often have electronic monitoring devices attached to their TVs. Small town folks still complete diaries the old-fashioned way with pen, paper and the occasional writer’s cramp.

Nielsen has been tracking and compiling viewership data since the 1950s. Starting last Thursday, my family became members of Team Nielsen.
Just think – what we watch today will be statistics tomorrow!

This creates a stress and pressure. Oh, sure, I love the idea of being a statistic. The question is: which one?

Some shows are trendy and ...

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