The March of the Elephants

The circus ended two days ago. After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed the big tent. Slow ticket sales and protests by animal rights groups led to the demise of the three-ring extravaganza. Here’s the thing, I’ve never...

Why I Marched on Washington

Growing up, politics was discussed around the dinner table, and my sister and I were regularly quizzed on world geography. The world, we were taught, was bigger than just our family. Television wasn’t allowed while we ate, so the one time an exception was...

One Man’s Junk: Going Through My Dad’s Stuff

All I wanted was the vintage paper reinforcers. Before I came home to visit my family, my father had sent me an email with a picture of old page reinforcers and asked, “Do you want these?” Um, office supplies? Yes! Vintage? Yes! Vintage office supplies?...

A Postcard Avalanche: Stop Bannon

Today is the day for the postcard avalanche to Donald Trump, telling him “Not Bannon.” A Facebook group gives the details, but the idea is to mail him a postcard from your town or state with the short and to-the-point message. The card I chose feels...

A Not-Unhappy Halloween

And Halloween had a happy ending. My son has decided at thirteen he’s too old to trick or treat and too lazy to throw a party. Since I hate Halloween, we agreed to watch a movie together. The earlier part of the evening was spent at a much-more-game...

Books, Travels, and Sasquatch

So speaking of becoming a man (as I’ve done the past few blog posts), one of my oldest, dearest friends from college finally tied the knot this past weekend. I say “finally,” because I remember the two of us in Mona’s bar on Avenue B in New...