July 16, 2017

Confession: I am not an interior decorator nor have I ever played one on TV (THAT was Bette Davis, and if you’ve never seen the pilot for “The Decorator,” run don’t walk to YouTube and watch it, if not for Davis’s voracious scenery chomping performance, then for Mary W...

May 17, 2017

Losing a parent is a rite of passage that comes to all of us, hopefully. After all, the alternative- kicking the bucket before your parents- is supposedly the most inconsiderate, if not downright cruel, thing one can do. "Nobody lives forever," my mother told me time a...

March 29, 2017

Good morning from the 28th floor of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Hong Kong, overlooking the bustling harbor of this ever-changing city. It's been four years since we've been here, and in that time, the landfill project has clearly advanced so much so that what was once wat...

January 26, 2017

 As the world mourns the loss of Mary Tyler Moore, there is a special subset that is taking this especially hard, and I am one of them. Even though it was no secret that her health had been failing for many years, to those of us who were teenagers during the years when...

December 30, 2016

One of the few things that my other half Rich and I do not have in common is an appreciation for old movies, especially if they're in black and white or were made before the advent of cell phones. If this is the worst of our differences, I'm still a rather lucky guy. B...

December 17, 2016

It's 20 degrees outside right now in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a sweetheart of a town that I have embraced with an enthusiasm that baffles many, including my other half, Rich, who grew up in nearby Brookfield. Both of these suburbs are considered "metro Milwaukee" for thei...

November 30, 2016

Hello again from London. If it seems as though we're here a lot, that's because we are. As many of you know, I'm married to someone whose office is the world. In just a few short years, we've been to Hong Kong, Beijing, Melbourne, Sao Paolo... with multiple visits to S...

November 12, 2016

I haven't written in awhile because, like so many others, I'm simply numb. My hopes to wake up to the election of our country's first female president- hopes shared by more than half of our country's voters- evaporated into a horror show of bewilderment, disgust and cr...

October 17, 2016

I have always had a thing for London. Like so many American baby boomers, I was introduced to it courtesy of the American musical theater. First, there was the television broadcast of "Peter Pan" with Mary Martin flying over the chimney tops, and then the movie, "Mary...

October 11, 2016

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, begins tonight at sundown and continues until sundown tomorrow. We fast in repentance for our sins and ask God to inscribe us in the Book of Life with happiness and health for another year. And then we eat like there's no tomorr...

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