Have you survived Black Friday?

An American shopping phenomenon is metastasizing around the world. Whether you believe that it’s a glorious sign of the season or an abuse of the season’s reason, have you ever paused to look at things from the retail …

Janus was the Romans’ two-faced god – but wasn’t a politician’s patron.

He was the god of new beginnings and perspective on the old, not selfishness and age-old greed. And my perspective on the past? It’s that we’re condemned to continue it, at least for the immediate future.  So…today I’ll …

Family Values

Had dinner the other night in a local Italian restaurant that’s actually run by Italians. The food was good, not great, but the show was wonderful. A family walked in – parents, a 16-17 year old daughter and …

I came upon a child of god

During my last trip to the US I was searching for a non-rightwing talk, non-gospel radio station while driving through the mountains. The terrain made signal reception of any sort problematic, to say the least, since I also …

Are we better than our garbage and rubbish men?

Or are we just performing a different but equally valuable role in our society? (At least we should hope that our role contributes as much as the sanitation workers’.) Disagree with me? Then you’ve never lived in a …

Walking with Rod Serling

No, not in upstate NY. Been there. Done that. It’s Derry, Northern Ireland, where I stayed in Bogside. I hadn’t planned to make this a trip into the past. Or into myself, either. It was just one more …

It’s that wonderful time of the year, except…

I can’t forget, no matter how hard I try, my department store days. Tis the season to talk about holidays and holiday customers. Tales of retail personalities and politics can wait for another day. Sure the store was …

We didn’t buy the farm, we just lived on it with great neighbors

To get there at the end of a work day, I had to go over the river, up a long hill and then down a long rutted dirt road that wasn’t particularly friendly to my car, especially in …

Dandelion wine, boa constrictors and other friends

There was a time many many years ago when I was living in upstate New York. I was going through a divorce, working a job from hell and generally having a miserable time in my life. Without even …

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 …