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2017 January

I spend the first day of the year with the Camp family in Duchess County. It was cold, but not that cold. There wasn’t much snow. The light made us all young. Even me. A snow storm came and the Christmas tree went out on the street in New York. It snowed more in Fort […]

Mars Versus Mount Washington

The atmosphere on Mars is a hundred times thinner than that of Earth. NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has measured summer temperatures as high as 70 Fahrenheit or 20 Centigrade at the Red Planet’s equator, but as soon as the sun sets, the temperature can plummet to -100 F and -175F is not usual in the […]

The Last Christmas Tree

After Thanksgiving Christmas trees crowded the sidewalks of New York. On the corner of Fulton and St. Felix Streets the holiday franchise was run by Laurent and Amy, who have transported evergreens from the northern forest of Quebec. We spoke in French with their accent a provincial Quebecois and my r-less speech betraying my Boston […]

The Xmas Drunk

Last holiday season I had a great part-time job being invited to office parties as the Christmas Drunk. $500 an appearance and all I could drink. Bad behavior was a must. Insulting the boss was a showstopper. Punching out the hated brother-in-law was most requested extra. $100/punch. Insulting a wife’s obesity was a secret request […]


In 1968 I lied about my age and tried to enlist in the Marines soon after my 16th birthday. My mother refused to sign the papers. The Tet offensive fed her doubts about the final outcome of the Vietnam Conflict. Boys were returning in coffins, wheelchairs, or hooked on heroin. Returning soldiers were portrayed as […]