A Kind of Domino Effect

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt   “And if you try a little kindness, then you’ll overlook the blindness of narrow-minded people on the...
Column: The Cure for Glossophobia

Column: The Cure for Glossophobia

“People think actresses find public speaking easy, and it’s not easy at all; we’re used to hiding behind masks.” — Jane Fonda “I never, ever wanted to be an actress! Public speaking and acting make me want to vomit… When it comes to public speaking, I stumble on my...
Paul Lockwood Column: True Sacrifices

Paul Lockwood Column: True Sacrifices

“We were blessed to raise our three sons in a nation where they were free to be themselves and follow their dreams. Our son, Humayun, had dreams of being a military lawyer. But he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers.” –...
Paul Lockwood Column: The Pulse of Public Opinion

Paul Lockwood Column: The Pulse of Public Opinion

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. My column is typically somewhat light-hearted, even on serious subjects. Indeed, this column was originally going to...
Paul Lockwood Column: Embracing Diversi-ties

Paul Lockwood Column: Embracing Diversi-ties

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”  – Maya Angelou What do the Three Stooges, Mickey Mouse, Dilbert, Humphrey Bogart, Abraham Lincoln, Rush Limbaugh and Jerry Garcia have in common? Hint:...
Columnist Paul Lockwood: Quality Acting in Your Backyard

Columnist Paul Lockwood: Quality Acting in Your Backyard

“Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.” – Meryl Streep  When I moved to Woodstock in early 2001, I embarked on an adventure into a land I’d only dreamed I could be a part...

Paul Lockwood Column: Forgiveness, A Perfect Example

Forgiveness: A perfect example “Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” – Joan Lunden ​ “We must develop and...
Column: What makes a hero?

Column: What makes a hero?

“Did you ever know that you’re my hero and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, ‘cause you are the wind beneath my wings.” – Bette Midler song, “Wind Beneath My Wings” “I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere...

Columnist: A Musing

“Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before.” – Steven Wright In my early to mid-teens, I toyed with the idea of becoming an actor, ideally on TV where I’d be able to entertain millions of people the way Peter Falk...

Column: A Musing

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” – Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi” This Joni Mitchell lyric has always struck home with me. Not because “Big Yellow Taxi” is a musical masterpiece, but because of the common-sense idea...

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