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 the too bright light. I look down at my feet and see the stuff that’s been accumulating all… 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 ›

Shelter In Place

Friday’s attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs lasted for nearly five hours as the terrorist held first responders at bay after having killed two people in the clinic and then soon after, a police officer. Nine people… Read More ›

Behind the Notes

In a recent article in the New Yorker, Joan Acocella wrote, “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 Russian-American classical… 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 ›