Howzit Howard

Warning: Howard Dicus thinks for himself and is hard to pigeonhole in our partisan world. Despite blogging, he's been known to spell words properly and use reasonably good grammar. But, more in the blogging spirit, you never know what we'll write about next.

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Facebook birthday blasts from the past

I’ve been sick as a dog for a week, and now Bernadette has it, too, so what might have been a nice celebratory birthday weekend has turned out to a marathon of coughing, wheezing, hot showers and long bedrest, in the possibly forlorn hope that we’ll get over this. From…

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Music Post: Pieces neglected in the shadow of hits

The most famous piece Arthur Honegger wrote is the one movement tone poem “Pacific 2-3-1.” It so cleverly depicts a steam locomotive, in a way that is so satisfying musically, most people don’t even know Honegger wrote two other one-movement tone poems. One is called “Rugby” and is, I think,…

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Adieu to the EU: Nobody is a Brexpert

Sick and unable to sleep anyway, I spent the night reading online reports about the surprise decision of the British electorate to quit the European Union, triggering what could be years of negotiations on what trade doors to leave open, and knocking off the government of Prime Minister David Cameron,…

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Brexit explained in plain English

I’ve been asked by a couple viewers to explain the Brexit, as Europe calls the British exit from the European Union. Okay. World markets – whether stocks or currencies or commodities – don’t like surprises. Traders learn all they can, as soon as they can, and “price in” what they’ve…

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The Wall Street Journal’s aloha shirt fumble

Ordinarily I’m a fan of the Wall Street Journal. It covers the financial world without questioning it, but that’s a quibble given that plenty of others do the more fundamental questioning, while the WSJ keeps track of a lot of stuff no one else can keep up with. It’s also…

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Planning for hurricane season

Hurricane season has begun in Hawaii. IT lasts until November. Hawaii Red Cross CEO Coralie Chun Matayoshi asked to do a guest blog in the topic and I’m happy to oblige. Now is the time for you to create or update your preparedness plans! Avoid the craze of standing in…

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Music Post: Like this, like that

Early in my side career as a writer on music, I did a weekly feature for UPI Radio called “Music View” with musical examples, excerpts from my LPs, to illustrate the points I made. In one of those reports I came close to calling John Williams a thief. Movie soundtracks…

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Our kama’aina piano competition, and the lure of the keyboard

Jairus Rhoades is 12 and plays the piano like he’s a grown-up, globe-trotting, concertizing pianist. But as striking as his technical skill is – and his memory, btw – so is his enthusiasm for exploring new sounds and new works. That’s not a youth thing, it’s a spirit thing, and…

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Music Post: Feeling a connection

The default formats in classical music are: symphonies and quartets have four movements, while concertos have three. I could spend the rest of this post enumerating exceptions, of course, but those are the most common divisors. It is also more common for all the movements to be independent with breaks…

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What does Bernie want?

Some people who make their living writing about politics are mystified by the continuing Bernie Sanders campaign. In their view, the minute Sanders lost any hope of getting a majority of delegates, he was supposed to graciously drop out and endorse Hillary Clinton. Relations between the two camps are prickly,…