Another Personal Post
Apr11

Another Personal Post

It’s painful enough to lose your parents but when estate issues become nightmares it’s even worse.  Don’t get me wrong, my siblings and I get along really well and that was not the problem.  It was the trusts my father had set up in 1992 to make life easier for us – unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.  It would appear that I got the Estate issues resolved  yesterday and I have been thinking about...

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Death of a Hero: Adolfo Suarez, a founding father of modern Spain, dies
Mar23

Death of a Hero: Adolfo Suarez, a founding father of modern Spain, dies

It won’t get monster headlines here in the United States, but we’re giving him his due here. Adolfo Suarez, Spain’s first post-Franco Prime Minister who’s now recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern Spain has died. He was 81 and is an example of a life well spent. He was someone who tried to tap, capture and use something that had been in short supply Spain: consensus…and use it to grow a...

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Random Musings On The Spring Equinox
Mar20

Random Musings On The Spring Equinox

I cannot remember being so anxious for spring to spring as this spring. Not that I have forgotten about the winter of 1977-78, when our wood stove ran nonstop from Thanksgiving to Saint Patrick’s Day and the last of the snow didn’t disappear until early April. But this winter just passed was worse in that I had spent two weeks camping in the Florida Keys in February 1978 and have no tan to show off this year, only memories...

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Harlem Fire: Paul Ryan’s Racial Blindness
Mar14

Harlem Fire: Paul Ryan’s Racial Blindness

A building explodes in Harlem, leaving the dead so badly burned they cannot be identified, but we know they are not white. At the same time, a leading GOP thinker Paul Ryan, who has been on government payrolls since college, proclaims that young “inner city” men are “not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work” because they rely on government assistance to survive. In 1963, my high-school classmate...

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A Birthday Valedictory: ‘I Was So Much Older Then, I’m Younger Than That Now’
Mar14

A Birthday Valedictory: ‘I Was So Much Older Then, I’m Younger Than That Now’

Most of the people my age is dead. You could look it up. ~ CASEY STENGEL as related by ROGER ANGELL Today is my birthday, an occasion that I have studiously ignored since I was a youngster and my mother would prepare my favorite dinner of hot dogs and French fries with ice cream cake roll for dessert. But this birthday is different because I find myself two thirds of the way to the century mark and, despite sundry debilitations and...

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The View from 90: Havoc and Hope
Mar10

The View from 90: Havoc and Hope

On March 4, 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated. It was my ninth birthday. In April 1945, I was a 21-year-old foot soldier on the floor of a German farmhouse when someone shook me awake to whisper that FDR had died. Now, at 90, I am inevitably shaped by those years after a working lifetime as writer, editor and publisher trying to explain the world to others—-and myself. The scenes around me today are filled with human...

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