Is this the year to unchain yourself?

How many children’s sports teams or church events or arts presentations in your town does Amazon support? Or Starbucks? Or any of the other chains that homogenize the world with their standardized goods and services while investing their …

“The rich are different from you and me.” Or are they?

The big house on a hill, few dealings with everyday people, even less contact with the real world. Insulation from the day-to-day hassles of survival. Sound familiar? Think of the mystified George HW Bush, confused along the campaign …

Me, spending twenty years in one place?

Believe it or not, I lived in the same neighborhood for over 20 years. While I had different houses that I rehabbed before moving on, they were all within a few blocks of each other. Two were my …

Sullivan in exile

I remember old Mr. Sullivan, walking down a former country road with his ancient dog and a bottle sticking out of the brown bag in his overcoat pocket. Rain or shine. Winter or summer. Same heavy overcoat. Same …

Home: refuge or prison?

At the time, I was young and saw, but didn’t really feel, the tragedy. Today, I see a tragic pattern, understand and feel too well why my neighbor left us. Envision, if you will, a young suburb. In …

Home was a basement and a city’s sun

Mrs. B loved her sun – we’d squint and find somewhere else to go as the hot western sunset aimed down the narrow alley into our eyes. She’d come out from her basement kitchen to absorb its beam, …