Louis Roney Columns


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.

Louis Roney: Who can we count on?

The ever-changing quality of life is both refreshing, and vexing.

Every human animal likes to feel sure of himself. At the same time, his inner nature rebels when ennui takes over, and things verge on boredom.

Louis Roney: 'The Donald' and debate two

Donald Trump is a new kind of political animal: He’s “no holds barred.”

Those of us who frequent New York and have been “Trump-wise” for years are not surprised to see him now in his new garb as “politician.”

Louis Roney: Just thoughts

Most of the time, most people seem to know the answers to most of the questions they ask most other people.

Politicians know well the value of setting up their ideas by asking themselves loaded questions and then answering them publicly!

Louis Roney: Staying young

Always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Never leave your brain idle. “An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

Louis Roney: On the street where we live

My b.w. and I have done 35 years of livin’ to make our house a “home.”

There is a special comforting feeling when two people are separated far apart in their own house and realize that a voice call will generate an answer from afar.

Louis Roney: Big words

I’ve got to admit it: Big words impress me.

I can’t help associating the easy use of big words with minds that are king-size, superior.

Louis Roney: Beginning

A day is an empty package for each of us to fill as he or she sees fit.

We learn much from the days of our lives, and can visualize ourselves as living calendars.

Louis Roney: Age

If you have decided — along with me — to grow old, arm yourself with humor.

I think of my own life as a nice, comfortable car that I have driven for a long time.

Louis Roney: A rakish halo

To me any halo is a better hat than most I have yet worn.

To be an acceptable rake requires both historical knowledge and a measure of courage, for one must have the guts to step completely out of line from most of his compatriots.