In the Long Run, Good Manners Really Do Matter

Perhaps it's just me, but I've always found, I've always been taught that a simple "please" and "thank you" goes a long way. I guess it was just the way I was raised, an old-fashioned value not necessarily drummed into me by my parents but more so shown to me by example. It always made…

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Trumpy Bear, Have You No Shame, Sir?

Channel surfing the other day, I came across a TV ad that I at first thought was a spoof, the kind of thing Saturday Night Live or the Colbert folks over at CBS love on "The Late Show." There was an offer, all to make America great again, for your very own "Trumpy Bear" to warm your heart…

Of Ceaseless, Numbing Violence and Sheltering in Place

Even before the 9/11 anniversary came around, these many years later I've found it all the more difficult to comprehend the hatred leading up to such violence. Terrorists had a mission back then, a global message, but in recent months, in recent weeks, it's the mindless violence that has left me at a loss for…

There’s Never a Simple Explanation

I think we all suffer from preconceived notions of people and things in our lives and how we deal with it can be surprising and perhaps even illuminating. We're all subject to stereotyping, consciously or subconsciously and depending on our life experiences, we overcome such notions and learn as we go. That doesn't mean that…

In the Light, One Finds Angels

No matter how old I am or what I've seen over a lifetime, the light of dawn and the radiance of sunset always gives me pause to appreciate its beauty. A few weeks ago, my wife the artist and I drove into Manhattan for a lovely day to ourselves and a visit to the Fricke…