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Jim Vann

Jim Vann

Grandpa Jim is a veteran of 40+ years in radio and Television. He has received a number of awards, including two “Achievement in Radio” Awards, two Telly’s and an Academy of Country Music Award as sidekick and head writer of the Moby in the Morning Show. He is the author of “Who Died and Left You in Charge?” A small book of apology to the next generation from the Baby Boom generation for how we messed up the accomplishments of the Greatest Generation. It has been referred to as a “Jeremiad for the modern times” by one guy at the bar who, by the way, was an editor for Scribners…available at Amazon.com and Audible.com.
Humor
Jim Vann

Phrases That Have Gone To Die: Here Are Some Things You Don’t Hear Anymore

There are so many phrases from our youth that just seemed to vanish in the mist. Wearing Your Sunday Best As children, many of us remember polishing our shoes on Saturday night so they would be shiny on Sunday morning. We wore suits and ties and dresses and flowery hats to church. Why? Because Dad said we were to show respect to God by looking our best when we visited his house. Dad probably didn’

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Life
Jim Vann

Were The “Good Old Days” Really Better? A Look At The World We Live In

Have you ever heard the hymn, “Give me that old time religion?” If you haven’t, the song regales us with the idea that religion gets better with age. Actually, the memory of religion, as with most things, improves as it fades out of history. For those who don’t know the song, the chorus goes like this: “Give me that old time religion, give me that old time religion, give me that old time religion.

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Humor
Jim Vann

This Younger Generation Isn’t Providing Much Hope For The World…

It seems like everywhere you go, some old person is talking about how much better it was in the old days. The specific philosophy regarding procreation and child rearing seems to be, “They ain’t making young people the way they used to.” Let me explain. Yes they are. Actually, the procedure hasn’t changed… ever. It is recorded in Genesis that the only difference between making young people today,

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Humor
Jim Vann

Grandpa Jim On The Root Of All Evil

It is a quote, and a misquote from St. Paul. He never said that money is the root of all evil. What the apostle actually said was that the love of it was (1 st  Timothy 6:10). OK, Sunday School is over and it’s time to accept the expanded truths of that statement. Any consultant will tell you that you can’t get elected without money. Then you have to get re-elected, which means more money. Plus, y

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Humor
Jim Vann

Does Fantasy Football Eliminate The Loyalty Of A Fan To Their Team?!

Some years back Dick Butkus, the great Chicago Bears linebacker was asked, “Do you intentionally try to hurt people?” His answer: “No I don’t try to hurt people, I try to stop the play. If I hurt someone, it’s just a bonus.” People can and will argue until the end of time about whether Babe Ruth was the greatest baseball player of all time. Reasonable people can disagree but it is a fact that he l

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Sex
Jim Vann

Sex Throughout The Ages: From School Days To E.D.

The late Paul Lynde was asked on Hollywood Squares, “One should never have sex immediately following what?” His answer: “Major surgery” He was right, of course, but the answers they were looking for was, “a big meal.”  The reason it is impossible for anyone to give a definitive answer to any question about sex is that, with the possible exception of the best barbecue joint or the proper way to gri

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Humor
Jim Vann

Four Score And Seven Years Ago! A New Perspective On Being An Optimist

“Four score and seven years ago…” so begins possibly the greatest speech from a President of the United States… ever! There is, of course, the “day that will live in infamy” speech from Franklin Roosevelt which occurred as America prepared to enter into WWII (the war to end all wars, for now.) And lest we forget how about the “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” spee

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Humor
Jim Vann

A Hilarious New Look At Inflation From Grandpa Jim

George Bernard Shaw once said, “If you laid all the economists end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.” There is no doubt that is absolutely true. Most of the time what an economist says is not meant to reflect the actual way things are, but what it says in his latest book. There was one economist, it is said, that over a career correctly predicted fourteen of the last 3 recessions. Impress

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Humor
Jim Vann

Do You Have An Inner Cynic? Grandpa Jim Is Here To Help You Embrace it

The older some of us get the more often we are told that we are cynical. Recently, it has become more and more obvious that although it can be taken it as such, it is possible that they don’t mean it as a compliment. What you may hear as, “My, aren’t you observant and perceptive?” may be a misinterpretation of one’s intended meaning. When a friend says something about global warming (or climate ch

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Entertainment
Jim Vann

The Great Joy Of Television Reruns

When you were a child there were, no doubt, great things about summer. It was warm and usually sunny. Of course you had to change after school into what my mother called “ragamuffin” clothes… also known as play clothes. If you didn’t change, and mom or dad found out, you ran the risk of wearing your Sunday clothes in your casket. (Actually, parents hardly ever killed their kids for ruining their o

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