Oscar Brand: a real folk troubadour, storyteller, radio-guy, and writer. We’ll miss you.


Marco! Polo! Big Papi! Dunkin’s Lattes! (And, how could I NOT continue to obsess about it: Politics!)


Politics. Polo on the beach @ the Del Coronado

made me think about a fun ad

where Big Papi lounges poolside w/ his Dunkin’ iced latte,

nonchalantly replying “polo” after Rob (the eyes-shut Patriot)

calls “Marco” which makes me think of Marco Polo

& how his detailed chronicles and maps dictated to a cellmate

inspired explorers not to flounder in uncharted waters

which takes me back to the polo pony scrum.

& Politics.



Columnist and editor Doug Larson said nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days. For me, it’s all about the music.


Music evokes so many feelings in us, memories, nostalgia, things that are connected to our past.

When I listen to the hits of the early Sixties, I get happy. Thank you, Pandora and Spotify, for the eternal soundtrack of my life.

My Guy

I read that our brains bind us to the music we hear as teenagers more firmly than anything we ever hear as adults.  And it’s a connection that doesn’t weaken as we age.

Psychologists and neuroscientists confirm that nostalgia isn’t just a cultural phenomenon. It’s a neuronic command.

OK, so maybe in retrospect, those high school dances weren’t roaringly impressive. The memory of them may fade but the sentimental blush of the music? Never.


What tune stimulates your brain’s pleasure circuit?

Toni 9/30/16