I have stuff on my mind and gotta say it – respectfully. I’ve been writing for this paper for – I guess – more than 10 years. I am a politics freak  — and have been asked not to write about politics. I have complied, even as I have often had to tie my […]


  On its surface, “truthfulness” seems like an open and shut case, but in many instances – it’s too “open.”  There are some scientific facts that are — so far — undeniably true. Until further notice, the earth IS round.  And yes – you either appeared at the XYZ train station at 10:00 a.m. last […]


I try to impress upon my  writing class, the importance of focus.” You must have a theme, a point of view, a message you want to convey,” I tell them, and for emphasis, I ask that they be able to verbally express, in one or two sentences, the premise of the writing. And so, with […]

LIVE TO BE 100 ???

OK, I promise — this is my last column of comment on my age.  I’ve got to get beyond  the miracle of having lived ninety years,  and  acknowledge that having  made it this far, I would kinda like to go the distance another ten years while remaining in the shape that I’m in. There is […]


It is the day before the first Seder night, 15 days before my 90th birthday. Even as I am luckily still living my life to the fullest, I am aware of its shrinking future and seem to have catapulted  more than usual (and “usual” has not been without frequency) into deeper and deeper introspective considerations […]