Category Archives: history

Cinco De Mayo

Fifteen years ago my brother-in-law and I left the cabin on Watchic Pond. My sister remained in the kitchen prepping for lunch. The bright spring sun had heated the morning and the thermometer nailed to a tall pine read 72F. Our task, putting in the dock in the lake in early May. The water temperature […]

Pollice Verso by Jean-Leon Gerome

“He vows to endure to be burned, to be bound, to be beaten, and to be killed by the sword.” Petronius (Satyricon, 117)


Latin was a required language for the top classes of Xaverian Brothers High School during the 1960s. The first ancient words learned by freshmen were ‘amo, amas, amat’ and ‘agricola’.The former was the verb to love and the latter meant farmer which was one of the few male nouns with a female ending. My teacher […]

The Bowery 1962

In April 1962 my father attended a business meeting in Manhattan for Ma Bell. While my father was at his appointment, my older brother and I accompanied my mother to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty and rode a taxi north through the Bowery heading to the Enpire State Building. As we passed […]

The Difference of Three Days

According to the New Testament the Hebrew legal council surrendered Yeshua bar Yosef to the Roman Prefect of Judaea. The Sanhedrin accused the citizen of Galilee of the blasphemy of claiming to be the King of the Jews. Pontius Pilate concluded that the healer was innocent of these charges, however the Passover crowd before the […]