Louis Roney Columns


Louis Roney: Santa Claus in a bathing suit!

Christmas at 85 degrees may have seemed somewhat out of place, and untimely, but nevertheless, welcome — a holiday looking for a place to land.

At our house it has been our custom and pleasure to have a party at Christmastime built around carol singing and other music of good cheer.

Louis Roney: What's next?

You may have noticed the repetitive quality of life in the solar system.

Our personal clock starts the moment we are born and runs until our time is up, whenever that may be.

Louis Roney: Mr. Natale's Christmas

In the palm-edged driveway, Mr. Natale greeted the pale lad who stood there, “Well, sir, what can I do for you?”

Suddenly, Giuseppe Natale’s mouth opened wide and began to sing. The words,“Che gelida manina....” came out as clear and strong as they had when he sang “La Bohème” in the great opera houses of Europe.

Louis Roney: Love

The word “love” has confused people from the beginning of time.

In 94 years of living, I’ve learned a few things about love.

Orlando Philharmonic's ‘Bach's Brilliance’ brings cheers

An early Christmas present

At the Plaza Live Theater on Monday, Dec. 7, some 18 players from the Orlando Philharmonic delivered an early Christmas present: “Bach’s Brilliance.”

Louis Roney: Talking business to an opera singer

We all find ways of “advertising” ourselves, our children, our careers, our skills.

Learning when to say “no” may help your career more than always saying “yes” — and then sometimes not being able to live up to expectations.

Louis Roney: The Alexander solution

The little war that is all too often being waged between our ears mercifully comes to a pause at times, in what we welcome as “moments of tranquility.”

A great deal of the human race seems from afar to be as busy as a swarm of bees in what is strangely a longing for escape from the “madding throng.”

Louis Roney: Thanks a lot

Seated with friends at a bounteous Thanksgiving table, we hold hands with those on either side of us and join in the blessing being said.

At 94, I am indebted to my genes and to temperate living for a strong physical constitution.

Louis Roney: Onward and upward

We human beings are quick to find things that will make the present more pleasant and postpone our confrontation with reality.

Refreshing ourselves is a prime human pastime, even though it implies a return to things past.

Louis Roney: Griping and other pastimes

“Griping” is an old American custom, much used and much respected.

Griping perhaps carries with it the right to see a condition critically, and even the tacit promise to improve it.

Louis Roney: Hearing a change in our musical climate

Any music lover living in our area should now perforce applaud things taking place on our musical scene.

Any attentive musician would have to be deaf not to have discerned a change in our local musical climate and activities.

Louis Roney: Lise, Hillary, and even Cicero

The Bach Festival’s Visiting Artist Series opened the concert season with panache! Young and lovely, Ms. de la Salle played a prodigious program.

Pianist Lise de la Salle performed on Thursday, Oct. 22, in Rollins Colleges’ Tiedtke Hall and demonstrated all the necessary strength, poetry, delicate touch, and musical finesse to bring her piano program to life.

Louis Roney: Educational encounter - A true story

In the mid-’30s I was a teenager on a bicycle on the streets of Winter Park, and saw many things that intrigued me and were etched in my memory.

My parents were active in the social life of Winter Park and I knew a lot of the main players in our local social drama.

Louis Roney: Listen!

Someone long ago told me a tale about a man who had built his own small corporation, and who wanted to hire a bright young assistant who would eventually take over the business.

After hearing this “tale of woe,” applicant after applicant expressed condolences over what had happened to the man they hoped would be their future “boss.”

Louis Roney: The Pope and other folks

The Pope brought us welcome release from the world’s overwhelming problems with his calm message of family and understanding.

The tumultuous visit of Pope Francis made us all wonder at the attention that one person can generate if he carries a powerful enough message.