Readers have been writing to me lately about my annual predictions column, a vestige of my days at PBS.  While I’m reluctant to do it, that annual exercise is apparently very popular.  And the quality of reader comments lately suggests we could get quite a good discussion going.  So I’m going to do it.  But, just like Dora the Explorer says, I need your help.  If you have any predictions to share for 2011, please send them to me by e-mail ( and I’ll include the better ones in that column, giving credit where credit is due so we can both take the heat when we’re wrong.

Remember it’s important to not only predict what will happen but why.  Understanding is our goal here and context is critical to that.

Switching gears, the death of Gilmore last week touched a lot of people — far too many for me to reply personally to each.  Thanks for your support.  We still have Roscoe, Gilmore’s brother, who is in good health. And Roscoe has lately been talking to me about adopting a pug.  We’ll see…

Here’s Gilmore and Fallon, my four year-old, taken less than a month ago.  Gilmore was Fallon’s best friend: