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Louis Roney: People

Mickey Rooney sat down at the grand piano and said, “So you’re a singer? — so sing.”

He sat down at the grand piano and said, “So you’re a singer?— so sing.” He played a bit of a song from the 40’s and I sang along and interpolated a high B-flat. “Ya’ got it alright,” he said.

Louis Roney: Musty musings

Signs of weakness from our president are answered by aggressive action from the Russian Putin — sure as shootin’!

We must finally learn that our White House must lead from strength, not from weakness, or the world will wipe its feet on us.

Orlando Philharmonic offers triumphant sendoff

Wilkins brought thrilling full sound to the symphony's conclusion and drained every drop of emotion from Sibelius’ musical “victory.”

On Saturday, April 5, the Orlando Philharmonic, with conductor Christopher Wilkins, performed “Finlandia,” the Symphony No. 2 of Jean Sibelius and the Brahms Violin Concerto with soloist Elmar Oliveira.

Louis Roney: Women and such

Men like to play with fire and are big risk-takers; women are fire extinguishers and lead men home safely from their adventurous tomfoolery.

We men lean individually and collectively upon women from the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night.

Guest artist season comes to laudable close

Barnatan’s pianism is prodigious

The recital of cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan on Sunday, March 30, in Tiedtke Hall presented by the Bach Festival Society turned out to be an impromptu affair.

Louis Roney: When weakness triumphs

Today’s recent sequence of international events is not salutary — we have a president who speaks from weakness that could well invite aggression from several already dangerous sources.

Something has got to change: either our protective stance, or the vapid words that come from our White House.

Louis Roney: As I was saying...

Many people’s early lives are spent as half of a partnership looking for the other half. Being alone is often a tolerable solution — for not just any partner can do the trick ideally.

It seems to me to be a miracle that with all the people walking around out there, that we ever meet the exactly right person with whom we are fated to spend the rest of our days and nights.

Louis Roney: Greed?

My attitude may be somewhat cynical, but after 93 years, I am quite convinced that the majority of human actions are designed to satisfy greed.

Greed is the emotion that causes people to go into outsized debt, which their rationality warns them they cannot repay.

Louis Roney: A decisive trip

We had still not figured out exactly why we had bought a house in Winter Park, where we had no particular reason to be. But reasons soon surfaced.

Life in Winter Park is about as good as it gets anywhere for people who own a house and have provided themselves with comfortable living in their later years.

Louis Roney: Alias “Mary Jane”

"Mary Jane” is almost as readily available as booze, and seems to be the drug that opens the door to cocaine, heroin and all the heavyweight mood-ameliorators

Those who lie to get a marijuana “prescription” from a “doctor” betray both the medic and themselves.

Review: Candlelight potpourri delights

Bach Festival delights

On Friday evening, Feb. 21, the Bach Festival presented an evening of highly varied music in Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College.

Louis Roney: In no time, et al.

People choose to live in the darndest places and we’ll never know the reasons why!

I often wondered why, with so many roads running in all directions, people settled in so many places without any obvious selling points.

Louis Roney: Off we go

Are we saying goodbye to Tinker Field, Orlando’s most memorable sports setting since 1923 — the place where so many immortal sports, figures practiced and played?

I remember seeing Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, there… What else has Orlando got that is a national sports landmark?

Louis Roney: This, that, and whatcha may call it

When Eisenhower was president, I didn’t worry about getting into a war because I knew he’d be in it with us and we’d win. Can you imagine being in Obama’s war and following him into battle?

How much better off would we be, if we had gotten this president before he had dulled his senses with pot.

Louis Roney: Can you go home again?

Going back home and expecting to find what one left there years ago is both puzzling and futile.

I have come home again, yes – but Thomas Wolfe was right: the home I "knew" is no longer here.