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Louis Roney: Good health, good life, good grief

inter Park can be grateful to our city commission for being more concerned with our future township than with the wishes of developers.

When and if Winter Park becomes only a busy suburb of Orlando, my house will be for sale.

Louis Roney: ‘Pot’ and Proust

We talk a lot about logic, but when have we managed to string any two periods of logic together to make sense for long?

It is the permanent unknown that spurs us on as it concomitantly holds us back, while we read Proust and try to rethink “Remembrance of Things Past” — times when we probably never even existed.

Louis Roney: Infamous last words

Communication via human speech is really quite a mysterious invention.

It appears that we take on understanding of many abstract words by the dramatic situation in which they first occur.

Louis Roney: Relative history

Relativity is everywhere you look. And who needs an Einstein to explain that the fourth dimension — time — is the glue that holds together the pieces of the world in which we live?

Reality is a constantly changing motion picture — not a still life. Change is the way of life. And change takes time. The change from young to old takes place too quickly for most of us.

Louis Roney: Here and there

I always stayed in the Hollywood Hotel and once had a room looking down from the second floor and on New Years Day could enjoy the whole Rose Bowl Parade from my window.

Bob Hope once gave me two 50-yard-line tickets to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena where I sat with great singer John Charles Thomas and movie actor Edmond Lowe.

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.