George Gershwin ► Monday Musical Appreciation

Born on this date in 1898, by the time George Gershwin died at the all-too-early age of 38, he was known across the globe as one of the greatest composers who ever lived. Born in Brooklyn to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, originally the family name was Gershowitz, which George’s father Americanized to Gershwine. George was actuallyRead More

An Open Reply To Miami’s Public Records Department

I have chosen to make this a public reply to an email recently received from the City of Miami’s Public Records Department. TO: Jones, Isiaa <IJones@miami.gov>SUBJECT: PRR 16-452: FOIA RequestDATE: September 16, 2016 CC: Melendez, Eleazar <ElMelendez@miamigov.com>; Russell, Ken (Commissioner) <krussell@miamigov.com>; Mendez, Victoria  <VMendez@miamigov.com>; Hannon, Todd <thannon@miamigov.com>; The Loyal Readers of the Not Now SillyRead More

A Magnificent Morning in Morgantown

Two years ago the Not Now Silly Newsroom featured a Special Travelogue during The 2nd Annual Sunrise to Canton Road Trip For Research. After I published A Tribute to Don Knotts ► Morgantown’s Favourite Son, the search for Don Knotts‘ roots has became an annual tradition of my yearly Road Trips. Through necessity The 4thRead More

Don’t Give Up The Fort ► A Pastoral Letter

One block south of 8 Mile is the intersection of Gilchrist Street and Hessel Avenue Like what you read here? Help support the Not Now Silly Newsroom at Go Fund Me Dear Pastor Kenny:  Remember the fort we built in the backyard behind my garage on Gilchrist? I distinctly remember scrounging some of the lumberRead More

A Man Without A Country ► Unpacking The Writer

Edward Everett Hale When I was in elementary school — back when they still taught Civics — one of my favourite short stories was The Man Without A Country, by Edward Everett Hale. These days, whenever I cross the border between Canada and the United States (as I did recently), I am reminded of this heart-breakingRead More

Who Is To Blame For The Destruction of the E.W.F. Stirrup House?

One of the first pictures I ever took of the E.W.F. Stirrup House – August 26, 2009 This is the inevitable finger-pointing now that the sad, almost decade-long, purposeful campaign of DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT on the once-historic E.W.F. Stirrup House has ended. SPOILER ALERT: In the end rapacious developers got what was wanted and needed.Read More

Putting His Money Where His Mouth Is ► Monday Musical Appreciation

FURTHER READING: Stan Freberg ► Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used To Be Day In History ► Manhattan Island Sold WEEEEE!  Let me be the last to wish you a Happy Holiday this year. It’s only appropriate that on St. Stephen’s Day, honouring The First Martyr™, the Not Now Silly Newsoom finds a new way toRead More