Category Archives: Life

2014 For Worse And A Little Better

Some of 2014 was the best of years, but after New Year’s Eve the year had rough spots for old Christmas trees and me. Winter came in the first week of January. Wind whistled through the drafty bedroom windows of the Fort Greene Observatory. Snow buried the soccer field in park at the end of […]

New Year’s Resolutions 2019

Every January 1st millions of Americans vow to better their lives and the world. The Top Ten New Year’s resolutions rarely differ from year to year, since most people give up their resolutions within a few days. For 2019 I made no resolutions this year. Not one. At my age I’ve failed enough times to […]

Live Long and Prosper

The Masoretic version of the Bible claimed that Methuselah achieved the epic age of 969. His name is synonymous with longevity. No one in modern history has touched his nonagenarian record, although my great-grand aunt lived to 103. Bert circled the world in a sailing ship. One port of call was Bangkok. She was the […]

The End of Urban Renewal

Billions and billions of dollars have been spent on reviving the collapsed urban centers of America. Minor league baseball parks adorn forlorn cities in the Rust Belt. Even more desolate pedestrian malls mark failed efforts. St. Louis, Peoria, KC, Des Moines, Detroit, Providence, West Palm Beach and countless other towns have nocturnal populations numbering in […]

Shit My Dad Said

A twenty-seven year-old was living with his old man. 73 if not more. His son recorded his father’s salty sayings for fucking Facebook. His adages deserved a better forum. Old man – “If at first you don’t succeed, quit. Because you probably suck.” “Universe is 14 Billion years old. Seems silly to celebrate one year. […]