This year, I reposted a Facebook memory from all the way back in 2018. It contrasts my good feelings about the holiday growing up in Florida, through last year, which was much colder than this one. Last year, I also posted something nostalgic: my 20th anniversary of being in Philadelphia. Yes, I moved from Hartford … Continue reading To Thanksgiving, and the best TV episode ever dedicated to it
Most of you know how I feel about Florida. Knowing I moved out says much of it, but there are a lot of reasons Iâ€™ll only show up when thereâ€™s a big family event. (Sorry, a high school reunion doesnâ€™t count like it did, 20 years ago.) OK, and maybe if itâ€™s freezing here and … Continue reading Florida is for other people, who may not know…
If you want to do something well, watch someone else do it. Thatâ€™s the way to improve in most skills in life. Thatâ€™s one reason I read Scott Jonesâ€™ blog, FTVLive.com. Say what you want about him or his spelling, but heâ€™s usually right on the money when it comes to facts, and wonâ€™t make … Continue reading Reports: Nexstar says no to WPIX-NY, WSFL-Miami
Itâ€™s Jan. 11 and that means today marks four years since my very first blog post at www.CohenConnect.com. Back then, when I started, I was still in Florida. Being new in Bristol & theÂ Tri-CitiesÂ Â March 8, 2015 Getting settled atÂ homeÂ Â March 14, 2015 Getting settled atÂ workÂ Â March 15, 2015 Getting settled inÂ BristolÂ Â March 16, 2015 I hadnâ€™t yet moved … Continue reading Anniversary means time to start something new
Sometimes, interesting things happen when you read friendsâ€™ Facebook pages. Iâ€™m not talking about going to look on purpose, which Iâ€™ve done before. Iâ€™m just referring to seeing something on your news feed and clicking on it. That got me, as the title clearly says, banned from Facebook pages twice in 2 days! The one … Continue reading Banned from Facebook pages twice in 2 days!
It was 20 years ago tonight. Not exactly. It was actually four days off, on Nov. 25, but what really matters is it was the night before Thanksgiving in 1998. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuVRhuk8kmQ I had been producing the 11pm news at CBS affiliate WFSB-3 in Connecticut. It was my last newscast there, before moving to Philadelphia â€“ … Continue reading The end of an era, and beginning of this one (Part A of this one)
I donâ€™t remember a seven-day period like the time since last Saturday. Thatâ€™s when I woke up, turned on the TV, and saw what was happening in Pittsburgh. I got very angry and couldnâ€™t stand to hear anything about it after two hours. It took until Wednesday for the anger to turn to sadness. I … Continue reading Difficult week, from anger to sadness, as election approaches
Iâ€™ve known I had another blog post â€œdueâ€ before the election, if you know how I think, but too much on my mind and so much going on â€“ personally and in the news â€“ to actually do it. After this morningâ€™s attack in a Pittsburgh neighborhood where I have family and have been to … Continue reading Not a good day for political thoughts, the USA as a whole
Today, I found out some news about someone who went to school with me, pretty much since kindergarten. In fact, I think he lived two blocks away. I probably havenâ€™t seen him since junior high, which is what we called middle school in those days. He was very smart and probably couldâ€™ve done anything. Eventually, … Continue reading Thinking about teacherâ€™s child porn trouble and my old schoolâ€™s website
Several times a year, before elections, a man in Florida emails me about who to support in elections down there. The goal is to receive money (Isnâ€™t that everyoneâ€™s?) for private schools. In this case, itâ€™s Jewish religious schools. And thatâ€™s despite public schools being free for everyone â€“ Jews too â€“ and paid for … Continue reading The case against us all paying for private schools
Itâ€™s a happy moment at CohenConnect.com. (Online definition of moment: â€œa very brief period of time.â€ The italics are mine.) Septemberâ€™s blog numbers were high with more than a thousand views, despite the fact I only published four posts. (I know. I have to do better on that. And I canâ€™t complain about the time, but … Continue reading News starting out good but going downhill fast
I donâ€™t know, but Iâ€™m pretty sure youâ€™ve had a busy week, between getting used to having your kids in school or planning what to do on this long holiday weekend. Sorry for the folks in â€œsunny Floridaâ€ with plans ruined while dealing with Tropical Storm Gordon. (But you're welcome for this souvenir to help … Continue reading Labor Day weekend leftovers
There are just 69 days until the midterm elections (for those of you who really explored all around this all-around great blog to see what's new and what it has offered for so long, like relevant countdowns) and Florida held its primary yesterday. The ballot was packed and perhaps the biggest race was for Democratic … Continue reading Ron DeSantis didnâ€™t learn from Roseanne Barr
What a morning, and I hadnâ€™t even gotten to the vetâ€™s office! It was time for Friskyâ€™s first annual physical. Thatâ€™s not counting the office visit she had a year ago, after I adopted her from Morris Animal Refuge on Clear the Shelters Day. Frisky has always been a tough one. She was only four … Continue reading Not the typical pet, not the typical vet appointment
NOTE: Shortly before publishing, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he'll retire effective July 31. According to Axios, that'll give President Donald Trump â€œa chance to pull the court significantly to the right for decades to come. This is seismic â€” for politics as a whole, for the court and, ultimately, for the millions of Americans … Continue reading The necessity of public unions, now no chance for compromise
First, I want to thank you for all your reading. This is my 99th blogÂ and so far there have been more than 14,100 page views. Dozens of you are reading and clicking more than once, even when I don't post anything, and the numbers have really been going up. Reading above what's above would good … Continue reading Follow-Up Friday, plus David Hogg defeats Publix
Most of us strive for perfection. Some of us do it too hard, and it can affect our well-being. On the other hand, there are people who just donâ€™t know any better, or worse, donâ€™t care. I donâ€™t watch TV nearly as much as I used to, especially newer shows, shows not on network TV, … Continue reading The Big Bang Theoryâ€™s wedding episode succeeded where Publix failed
First, happy Mother's Day to everyone to whom that applies. I hope you're having a great day! Second, today is also the celebration of Yom Yerushalayim, orÂ Jerusalem Day. It's the Hebrew anniversary of when the Israelis recaptured the eastern/holy part of the city in the Six-Day War of 1967. It's where no Arab country's leader … Continue reading In defense: The good Facebook can do when used by the right people
I hope youâ€™ve had a terrific Tuesday! I have a few thoughts (just a few) I figured Iâ€™d get out today. This morning, Axios reported several news websites â€œlaunched new paywalls within the past year.â€ Sorry! (But not this one.) It namedÂ Bloomberg,Â Vanity Fair, Wired,Â Business InsiderÂ andÂ The Atlantic, and added, â€œLegacy institutions likeÂ The New York Times,Â The Wall … Continue reading Paying for news, one candidate’s free airtime and asking for your comments
This is my 90th blog post and like most journalists, I identify mistakes all over and somehow -- often through publicity -- try to get them fixed. But not on this milestone. There's too much good to write about. I also want to point out the page CohenConnect Headlines Sitemap has a list of all the blog … Continue reading Who says everything I write is negative (but correct)?
I didnâ€™t know much about James Comey until about two years ago. Since then, I thought pretty highly of the guy and that really hasnâ€™t changed. Arguably, Comey was the big political story of the week â€“ so far. Today, his new book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership was officially released and Sunday, … Continue reading Comey comes alive with tough talk against Trump
They did it again! Villanova Universityâ€™s men's basketball team is celebrating its second national championship in three years. According to the schoolâ€™s president, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, â€œIn 2016, it had been 31 years since our last national championship for basketball, and now, just two years later, Villanova is once again the national … Continue reading Villanova Victory, Volume III
It's nice when Americans exercise their First Amendment rights (freedom ofÂ religion, speech, the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances) with good intentions, and that should be encouraged. Last Saturday, many in the country were shocked afterÂ March for Our Lives rallies were … Continue reading Tiffany Trump’s trouble, what unions could do to Amazon and the media
People who know me can never, ever say Iâ€™m not loyal to people I like and respect. Youâ€™ll see that in a moment, along with an example of the opposite. (Is your mouth watering yet?) Yesterday, one of Philadelphiaâ€™s daily newspapers published an article called â€œIs the morning news format that fuels Mike Jerrick's 'weird … Continue reading Be nicer to Mike Jerrick, and other thoughts on what’s making news
Did I just write that headline? There's lots on my mind (too often, and that's between me and my medical professional, and I'll get to the rest another time), but I'm going to limit myself to what just happened in southern and northern Florida over the past few days, sinceÂ last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman … Continue reading Parkland now, but North Miami Beach proud!
Whatâ€™s famous to you obviously relies on where youâ€™ve been and what youâ€™ve noticed, but these people have had national exposure for at least part of their long working lives. It took longer than a New York minute, but Howard Stern would be happy to hear Warner Wolf is suing Don ImusÂ -- and it has … Continue reading Famous man, 80, suing famous man, 77, for age discrimination
I didnâ€™t plan on writing two blogs in two days completely from scratch, but the news calls for it. Yesterday, around this time, I was cramming on another blog and then dragged out even though I couldnâ€™t care less about St. Valentineâ€™s Day. Despite personal protests as long as I can remember, itâ€™s not my … Continue reading Killing kids and desecrating the name of Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Every situation is different, but death always seems to be a hard topic. We could be talking about a close relative, an acquaintance from years ago, a pet, or a famous person. How people respond is unique and usually understandable. Usually. And I will say it. Tom Pettyâ€™s younger daughter seems to be an exception. … Continue reading Disgraceful daughter
25 years ago today, this was nothing. Itâ€™s hard to believe so much time has passed, not that I ever forgot a Hurricane Andrew anniversary. We were lucky -- awake with curiosity that night, except for my brother Josh who slept through it -- but lucky. Above was a look to the left after walking … Continue reading Hurricane Andrew, after a quarter century
Yes, you read correctly! Iâ€™m headed back after more than 12 years. I didn't really think it was going to happen, especially considering the roller coaster my life has been over the past several years. I left Philadelphia for family issues back in 2004. Got a good deal on my house. (But would've never expected … Continue reading Moving back to Philly!