Category Archives: Personal Memories

AOC

AOC – We Will Not Move On – Keep Speaking Up Survivors. It Matters.

Like AOC, I’ve been told to “Move On. To forget.” “Move on, forget about it.” I was told when I was 19 and viciously sexually assaulted on a warm summer night in the balsam-scented woods of suburban N.J. “Put it

AOC

AOC – We Will Not Move On – Keep Speaking Up Survivors. It Matters.

Like AOC, I’ve been told to “Move On. To forget.” “Move on, forget about it.” I was told when I was 19 and viciously sexually assaulted on a warm summer night in the balsam-scented woods of suburban N.J. “Put it

When COVID, Chaos, and Cognitive Decline Collide…Who Could Imagine That

I’ve always had a fertile imagination. For nearly six decades I’ve imagined my life unfolding in the form of a TV show always playing to an imaginary studio audience and their reactions. Its genesis was the late-night imaginings of a

When COVID, Chaos, and Cognitive Decline Collide…Who Could Imagine That

I’ve always had a fertile imagination. For nearly six decades I’ve imagined my life unfolding in the form of a TV show always playing to an imaginary studio audience and their reactions. Its genesis was the late-night imaginings of a

Witness to the Best of Us and the Worst of Us

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? It’s not only The Shadow who knows. Along with that famous 1930’s radio character,  Donald Trump knows the darkness that resides in the hearts of many of our fellow Americans.

Witness to the Best of Us and the Worst of Us

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? It’s not only The Shadow who knows. Along with that famous 1930’s radio character,  Donald Trump knows the darkness that resides in the hearts of many of our fellow Americans.

hand and paw

In A Crazy Year of Pandemics and Pandemonium My Dog Gave Me Hope

In a year filled with unprecedented tumult and loss, it also became a year of unexpected gratitude and hope. Against the tragic backdrop of a pandemic and political and personal calamity 2020 will be remembered by me as the year

hand and paw

In A Crazy Year of Pandemics and Pandemonium My Dog Gave Me Hope

In a year filled with unprecedented tumult and loss, it also became a year of unexpected gratitude and hope. Against the tragic backdrop of a pandemic and political and personal calamity 2020 will be remembered by me as the year

Hanukkah and Christmas

In My Jewish Home I Grew Up Celebrating Christmas

  Sometimes it can feel like Hanukkah doesn’t hold a candle to Christmas. Eight skinny, little Hanukkah candles can’t even begin to compete with vibrating LED Christmas lights pulsating in sequence to the sound of everything from “Let it Snow”

Hanukkah and Christmas

In My Jewish Home I Grew Up Celebrating Christmas

  Sometimes it can feel like Hanukkah doesn’t hold a candle to Christmas. Eight skinny, little Hanukkah candles can’t even begin to compete with vibrating LED Christmas lights pulsating in sequence to the sound of everything from “Let it Snow”

pilgrim TV dinner

Talking Turkey -TV Dinners and Thanksgiving

After 67 years, Swanson’s TV dinners may finally be making their rightful appearance as a place of honor at the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday table. For most of us, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be a first. The first Thanksgiving without

pilgrim TV dinner

Talking Turkey -TV Dinners and Thanksgiving

After 67 years, Swanson’s TV dinners may finally be making their rightful appearance as a place of honor at the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday table. For most of us, this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will be a first. The first Thanksgiving without

John kennedy

Remembering JFK and My Weekly Reader

  While others relied on Walter Cronkite for their news of the Kennedy Assassination, My Weekly Reader was the newspaper of record for the grade-school set. The popular publication was a weekly newspaper that covered current events for elementary school

John kennedy

Remembering JFK and My Weekly Reader

  While others relied on Walter Cronkite for their news of the Kennedy Assassination, My Weekly Reader was the newspaper of record for the grade-school set. The popular publication was a weekly newspaper that covered current events for elementary school

James Bond Sean Connery

Sean Connery My First and Only James Bond

His name’s Connery. Sean Connery. There is only one James Bond for me. Sean Connery. The original 007 who just died at 90, was the embodiment of the Ian Fleming character.  Just as Goldfinger remains the gold standard of Bond

James Bond Sean Connery

Sean Connery My First and Only James Bond

His name’s Connery. Sean Connery. There is only one James Bond for me. Sean Connery. The original 007 who just died at 90, was the embodiment of the Ian Fleming character.  Just as Goldfinger remains the gold standard of Bond

A Shot Of  Compassion in a Time of Social Distancing

I didn’t realize how profoundly I missed human connection in real life until I received a big dose of it recently. Zoom has been a lifesaver, and old familiar face time has been a wonderful way to see and connect

A Shot Of  Compassion in a Time of Social Distancing

I didn’t realize how profoundly I missed human connection in real life until I received a big dose of it recently. Zoom has been a lifesaver, and old familiar face time has been a wonderful way to see and connect

A Milestone Memorial for Me

When all is said and done, I am the product of a successful “set-up.” Seventy years ago today a 29-year-old man from Queens married a 24-year-old woman from Manhattan. This young couple filled with hope, whose whole life lay in

A Milestone Memorial for Me

When all is said and done, I am the product of a successful “set-up.” Seventy years ago today a 29-year-old man from Queens married a 24-year-old woman from Manhattan. This young couple filled with hope, whose whole life lay in