Blackout Aside, Light of Insight is a Comforting Beacon

"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." That thought came to mind just today as I came to terms with another anniversary. Forty years ago today, New York City was in the midst of a far-reaching blackout, and while I don't recall the toll it took just across the Hudson on…

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O Lost and by the Wind Grieved Ghost, Anniversary is haunting, daunting

"We shall not come again. We never shall come back again. But over us all, over us all, Over us all is -- something." Thomas Wolfe I'm not particularly fond of anniversaries unless they mark pleasant or milestone events in our lives. I've a tough one coming up this weekend. A harder one still today.…

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…

A Chance to reflect on the 4th

Fourth of July weekend can come with information overload: I tend to mute the moronic TV ads insisting I can be so much more independent in a new car or with patio paver stones that never fade with age. Have you noticed that local politicians fall over each other to attend parades, barbecues (it's the…