THE LIES AT THE HEART OF AMERICAN LIFE

by Greg Moody

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There have been days in my life when I have been ashamed to be:

White

Male

Cis

Christian

Centrist

Me

Part of the Media

But, never in my life have I been ashamed of being a citizen of this country.

I haven’t liked some Presidents, or Congress, Wars or Political Actions, but it has always seemed as if the ebb and flow of American Life has brought us back to our senses, to our shared sense of morality.

That thought has been challenged for the last four years and…


BY GREG MOODY

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It’s there. Tap In.

Even when you feel there is a slow leak in your soul and you’re quietly whistling yourself flat and empty, you’ve got to remember something —

There is a reservoir of strength in you that you have never acknowledged, that you have rarely tapped. It’s there, like an ancient aquifer, just waiting to be needed, waiting to be used. You’ve used it before in life, in times of struggle and strife, that inner strength you didn’t know you possessed, but you haven’t relied on it lately because you haven’t really needed it.

Times were good. …


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It’s In the Eyes, I Tell You. The Eyes.

A NOTE:

I promised myself at one point in this isolation that I wouldn’t do this, wouldn’t look upon a Presidential Press Conference as a stage show and review it. I was going to talk about hope and helping one another and rising up to meet the next challenge life was bound to throw at us, but then, I dunno, I found myself watching and making notes and getting a sense of the character being created within the drama. 50 years of performance and reviewing will do that to you. It’s hard-wired into my very being. …


By Greg Moody

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Cast of “Hamilton” Sings Opening Number

By Greg Moody

What accomplishments, achievements, goals do you want to gain during the Pandemic? How do you hope to be changed on a personal level?

More empathy for others? A greater appreciation of nurses, doctors, first responders and grocery store workers? A new way to deal with the resentment that you’ve been told to stay inside, like a little kid who spilled Hawaiian Punch on Mom’s new carpet?

A new talent?

A new book?

A new determination to grow as a human being?

Stocked shelves would be nice, for sure.

The freedom to walk into a…


by Greg Moody

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Hold it Up — For All to See

Hope.

It’s such a little thing to carry. Four letters. Not much to it, yet, so necessary and powerful when everything around you seems to be collapsing into itself.

Hope.

Spes in Latin.

La Esperanza in Spanish.

L’espoir in French.

Die Hoffnung in German.

Xiwang in Chinese.

We all have a word for it. We all have a need for it, especially now and for oh, so many reasons.

We hope the virus passes us by. We hope the virus passes our family by. If it doesn’t, if it hasn’t, we hope for a positive outcome. …


By Greg Moody

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Let Them Hear You

RISE

RISE UP

RISE TO THE CHALLENGE

RISE TO THE NEED

RISE BEFORE FEAR

IN EVERY SITUATION

RISE

BEFORE EVERY THREAT

RISE

BEFORE EVERY DANGER

RISE

JUST — RISE

YOU HAVE FAR MORE COURAGE

THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT

YOU HAD

RISE.


ANYWAY STORIES: DEATH GRIP

By Greg Moody

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A Small Picture of a Small Stub

I’ve been accused, over the years, of holding my writing implements in a death grip.

Mrs. Sheldon, fifth grade penmanship teacher, leaps to faded Eastman Color Life in my mind, taking her irradiated-milk-fortified charges through the peaks and valleys of Palmer Method cursive, wielding her Eberhard-Faber wooden ruler with quick dispatch, catching my knuckles a sharp report, while the patented brass edge cuts a delightful groove in the soft-flesh valley between.

“Loosen your grip,” she’d wheeze, the need for a fresh Winston calling her home.

I’d drop the instrument, shake my hand, then…


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The One, The Only Betty Boop

Betty Boop’s Guide to a Bold and Balanced Life

-Fun, Fierce, Fabulous Advice Inspired by the Animated Icon-

By Susan Wilking Horan & Kristi Ling Spencer

Skyhorse Publishing/$19.99 (Amazon-Release January 21, 2020)

https://www.amazon.com/Betty-Boops-Guide-Bold-Balanced/dp/1510750053/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=betty+boop+book&qid=1578707752&sr=8-1

Pre-Publication Review by: Greg Moody/Critic at Large, CBS Denver

Betty Boop was born in early 1930 in the mind of animator Max Fleischer at the Fleischer Studios in Times Square, New York. Her first appearance, in “Dizzy Dishes” (1930), set in motion a character who would dominate movie screens for the next ten years, while also captivating the public consciousness for the next 90.

With no end…


by Greg Moody

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Making the Season Always

Make the time.

Do it now.

Make the effort.

Right now.

Not tomorrow, not next week.

Not just one day.

Now.

Always.

Let them know, all of them, everyone, everywhere, that you exist and how you feel about them.

Let them know that you are there, in body, mind and spirit, for their life, as well as for your own.

Let them know that you are fully present, not watching the game, not gathering up your gifts into a barricade pile around you — let them know that you care and that you are there, wholly, completely…


by Greg Moody

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Volume is 9/10s of Possession

Veruca Salt is now a role model, it seems, of how one should act during the holidays, or, at the very least, act while you’re in Vegas over the holidays.

With the Newley/Bricusse tune, “I WANT IT NOW!” blasting over the tinny speakers of the flat screen, The Venetian Hotel promotes a journey of conspicuous consumption if you drop by for a long weekend of booze, buffets, bets and busted flushes.

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James bought James a new Buick, because James deserved a new Buick. Good for James. …

Greg Moody

A forty+ year veteran of TV entertainment news, Greg Moody has worked in radio, TV and newspapers across the country. He is the author of five novels & 2 plays.

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