The Oberserver

Jump to content

This Week

Back to profile

Louis Roney

Stories by Louis

Louis Roney: Thoughts for a New Year

Here on the dawn of a New Year is a welcome time to get all the objectionable things (and people) out of our lives.

Let’s move forward into 2014 with smiling optimism and only things and trustworthy people dear to us who inspire us with joy.

Louis Roney: Happy New Year!

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

These days the air hot with controversy and politics takes on the semblance of actual warfare.

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: Questions from us ignoscenti

If the omnipotent God had wanted you to be perfect, why didn't he make you that way?

If questions still linger anywhere in one's beliefs, aren't they said to be the fault of the person involved, and not of the divine process?

Louis Roney: Getting things done

I was a little kid noticing that the way to get recognized favorably in this world is to do something — not just talk about it.

Some guys measure success in terms of dollars. I concentrate on what I have managed to accomplish.

Louis Roney: Competition and character

Football is a microcosmic non-lethal representation of war, I used to think.

I learned firsthand that football builds “character” and “characters.” These are two distinctly different things.

Louis Roney: Giving thanks

During this season of thanks I find my thoughts concentrating on things without which my life would be infinitely poorer, perhaps unbearable.

I am thankful for a keenly attuned conscience that keeps my pride from getting me too far in debt to reality.

Louis Roney: That old feeling again

I'm glad that I served and I'm also glad I survived. I lost a lot of friends...who will always remain young.

Veterans Day, which used to be called Armistice Day, reminds us of the many wars in which this country has invested wealth and blood.

Bach Festival spotlights Schubert

Festival brings Miró String Quartet

Schubert’s music is as entrancing in Winter Park, Fla., as in Vienna, Austria, where his genius graced the landscape for a mere 30 short years.

Louis Roney: Thicker than water

Would we be better off if society had made marriage simply a private contract between two individuals, with no wider implications?

Just as a family can produce the highest degree of pride and happiness, so can a family bring disappointment, squabbling, discord, and destruction.

Louis Roney: Spirit of the game - A true story

A library full of books is, in great part, a repository of mistakes the human race has made.

Smart dogs simply remember not to do things again which hurt them.

Louis Roney: Bemusing musings

Who is the worst president in your lifetime — in your opinion? Personally, I can think of no one worse than our present leader.

Expect President Obama to bring as many people as he can on to the U.S. citizenship rolls and expect their healthcare to be covered by you and me.

Louis Roney: Right on!

Women, sharing their lives intimately with men, are quick to identify a weak-kneed man in the White House such as we have today.

The subject of “mothers who stay home and mothers who work” is often discussed on TV these days.

Louis Roney: Speaking of speakers

When John Silber spoke, the other speakers were soon eclipsed, even forgotten.

John Silber was president of Boston University when I met him in New Smyrna at an Atlantic Center for the Arts symposium.

Review: Gabriel Preisser glows in triumph

This commentator was happy to see the large number of enthusiastic younger people in the highly appreciative crowd.

Louis Roney: How's tricks?

Life is a long series of occasional indispositions, the last of which being one from which we do not manage to recover.

Do some in this country feel that our great nation is sinking into a mire of lower standards of self-satisfaction, and is on a journey to a point of no return?

Louis Roney: Who are you?

True individuality is nearly impossible to distinguish these days.

True individuality is almost impossible to establish these days.

Review: Orlando Philharmonic

A heroic opening

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra opened at the Bob Carr Saturday, Sept. 28.

Louis Roney: Dilettantism

Don't expect too much from human interaction.

I was jolted into the world of dilettantism and reminded that human intercourse may all too often be just that and nothing more.

Louis Roney: Friends & Acquaintances

Political differences shouldn't affect your friendships.

They are dear and worthy people, despite their differences, and may take it as an insult that I don’t think politically as they do.

Louis Roney: Play On!

Revenge: Is getting even - even after all?

A football coach of mine used to tell us to block or tackle a guy as hard as we could, and then help him back to his feet.

Versatile baritone scores in Winter Park concert

Gabriel Preisser brought the house down.

Florida Opera Theater’s Opera In The Park Series showcased baritone Gabriel Preisser at the Winter Park Community Center.

Louis Roney: Learning to learn

What have you done in your life that's worth telling?

Do all the successes in your life add up to one big success?

Louis Roney: A smatter of chatter

Yogi Berra's gift for language and music at the Bob Carr.

In the Yankee dugout, someone would ask catcher Yogi Berra, "What time is it?" Yogi would answer, "You mean now?"

Louis Roney: A hurricane, Hodding and other friends

A ride with a Nobel Prize winner, long lost friends, and the hurricane that hit Harvard.

After Christmas, shortly before my 17th birthday, I received notice that I had won a scholarship through Harvard.

Louis Roney: Growing up & other fallacies

Children — everybody wants ’em, until they get ’em.

Having children is an iffy business, a road with lots of curves and bumps.

Louis Roney: Rustic rivals

Don't try to out-country an honest to goodness hick.

It’s perilous to be modest when you’re trying to “out-country” an honest-to-God hick.

Louis Roney: As long as you're up

Laziness seems to be a sign of the times.

It has often occurred to me that the world would have been much better off had some infamous people just been lazy.

Louis Roney: Whadda ya know?

The belligerent tone of international intercourse these days is upsetting.

When North Korea opens its mouth it seems to have its hand on a trigger, and one wonders what it is that the generous U.S. has done to invite warfare with North Korea.

Louis Roney: Something for Nothing

The unemployment program makes not working an appealing option.

Don’t work, don’t think, just exist – the government will take care of you – just vote the right way ...

Louis Roney: Thinking out loud

Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present.

The past is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift — maybe that’s why we call it the present.

Louis Roney: The freedom of independence

Patriotism has taken a disturbing shift recently.

The word “good” is inseparably linked to the preservation of the race and the morality that we higher animals cherish and preserve.

Louis Roney: After all of the ‘ifs’

Dealing with the 'thens' now that the 'ifs' have happened.

The column moved in the direction of predicting some dire things we might expect if we re-elected Barack Obama.

Louis Roney: The big lie

Politicians need to take more money out of your paycheck to buy the votes of those to whom they give it.

Thomas Sowell lights up when thoughts of magnitude fill his head.

Louis Roney: Snapshots

Celebrating our British independence this July 4th.

I was thinking recently of the 4th of July, that day which celebrates cutting our ties with the British Crown.

Louis Roney: Sweet as you are

Stay strange as you are, don’t let a soul ever change you. Stay deranged as you are, don’t let anyone rearrange you.

Aren’t the differences between us the things that attract us to each other?

Louis Roney: Calling it quits

Quitting is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

The trouble with many of us in trying times is that we quit trying.

Louis Roney: Using the old bean

Lets halt dining permits until we figure out what we really want on Park Avenue.

Perhaps the City Commission could impose a 90-day freeze on all new dining permits for Park Avenue.

Louis Roney: Write to me, sing to me

Learning to write what you're thinking, and do it without fear.

There are lots of things that we human beings do that we can’t write about either effectively or without embarrassment.

Louis Roney: Pledging and hedging

A promise should never be given lightly.

When I was 19 or 20, I often looked at Robert Frost as he talked with colleagues a couple of tables away in the Eliot House dining room at Harvard. I wondered what promises he had made, and whether he had managed to keep them.

Louis Roney: How come we do us like we do, do, do?

Why do we live the way we do?

The average person’s day is probably made up of many habitual ingredients, starting with that first cup of coffee.

Louis Roney: The truth and other myths

I surely believe that there are “good” and “evil” people among us, for I have witnessed both good and evil in action up close.

I have witnessed both good and evil in action up close.

Louis Roney: Subway to success

Singing teacher and student relationships, I learned in my early New York days, are iffy matters indeed.

Singing teacher and student relationships, I learned in my early New York days, are iffy matters indeed.

Louis Roney: Random thoughts

There is this guy across the street from our place who is pretty zippy and he knows it.

There is this guy across the street from our place who is pretty zippy and he knows it.

Louis Roney: Virtue rewarded

Alinsky, like many other left-wingers, set out to destroy the very aspects of the U.S. Constitution that had bestowed his freedom.

Alinsky, like many other left-wingers, set out to destroy the very aspects of the U.S. Constitution that had bestowed his freedom.

Louis Roney: Bittersweet

Bitterness is something that best belongs to — well, the bitter.

Bitterness is something that best belongs to — well, the bitter, who are willing to settle for attitudes that produce nothing good for either the sender or the receiver.

Louis Roney: Grace's place

I approached a uniformed guard on the steps of the Palace and told him that I wanted to see the Princess.

I approached a uniformed guard on the steps of the Palace and told him that I wanted to see the Princess.

Review - Academy of St. Martin in the fields

St. Martin soars

The outstanding oeuvre of the evening was Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring the world-class playing of cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

Louis Roney: Thinking out loud

I always disliked winter in Florida. We had no heat in our house, and it was my job to chop wood and make fires.

I always disliked winter in Florida, riding my bicycle two miles to school with my legs bare. We had no heat in our house, and it was my job to chop wood and make fires in two downstairs fireplaces.

Louis Roney: Let's Party!

Spring in Florida is a beautiful time to party.

On Feb. 23 the temperature reached 86 degrees here and was truly swimming weather.