Category Archives: good

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King was born on January 15th. After his assassination Michigan congressman John Conyers and Senator Edward Brooke introduced a bill to make King’s birthday a national holiday. Congress failed to pass the bill with opponents stating another federal holiday was too expensive and honoring a private citizen would set a bad precedent. This [...]

The Cost of Happiness

Happiness is relative. Most people think rich people are happy. I have lived in Palm Beach and Duchess County. Their wealth is no guarantee of happiness. Wives run away with brothers, husbands are murdered in a jealous rage, children are abandoned at birth. Very much like Thai soap operas, however listening to high society moan [...]

We Are Those Closest To Us

The other day my four year-old son and I were train-spotting on the bridge over the Siracha-Laem Chabang railway. A long freight train passed beneath us. After the caboose disappeared from sight I spit onto the tracks. Fenway followed my lead and spat a gob of drool into the air. He laughed with glee. Like [...]

Barney Frank Quits

I’m used to being in the minority. I’m a left-handed gay Jew. I’ve never felt, automatically, a member of any majority. – Barney Frank, Massachusetts Congressman Old Barney is calling it quits in the Congress after twenty years of service for 4th Congressional District. Barney Frank defended the Combat Zone, was pro-Choice, backed reparations for [...]

Gesamtkunstwerk Macht Frei

The German word Gesamtkunstwerk is defined as the ideal work of art. Last night I arrived from Charleroi and immediately changed into a suit to attend a Chamber Music concert at the Luxembourg Theater. Annie Sofie von Otter was singing a series of song written by the inmates of Theresienstadt. The Nazis under SS Doktor [...]