Reflections on Life

Essays and reflections about current events, history, social movements, and life in general. Otherwise known as a blog.

The Falling Man

  This is a true story. I am walking down the street. Late winter. Late morning. Dull cold. Chicago. Everything overexposed in too bright light. I look down at my feet and see the stuff that’s been accumulating all winter… Read More ›

Chewbacca Joy

The video that Candace Payne, a.k.a. “Chewbacca Mom” uploaded to facebook went viral within hours, racking up over 47,000,000 views (and counting.) Due to her sudden extraordinary popularity, this unpretentious, Texas homemaker got invited to be a guest on the Late… Read More ›

Behind the Notes

In an article about stage fright in the New Yorker magazine  Joan Acocella writes, “As musicians, especially, will tell you, what they are doing up there is not meeting an agreed-upon goal but, rather, creating something new. Vladimir Horowitz [the great… Read More ›


In the late 1970’s I lived in a fifth floor walk-up railroad flat in a Hell’s Kitchen tenement at a time when the Irish mob still controlled much of that section of Manhattan and it was considered undesirable by the… Read More ›

Stranger Danger?

While pastoring a congregation, I’m usually up before sunrise on Sundays and at my desk finishing the morning’s sermon and pulling together whatever else is needed for worship. I don’t have much of an appetite at that time of day… Read More ›