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…

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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…

Just Another Test of Faith

Here's a question, perhaps two: Do you believe in signs? Do you have faith? In recent days, I've been inundated with signs and have all the more embraced my own concept of  faith. No boring you with details - well, not too many if you'll humor me - but I look at the world around…

Old Blue Ghost Still in My Heart

My favorite car was my very first, a 1965 Chevy Nova and aqua blue, known also as a Chevy II. At 17, it was my chariot to freedom and my steed to adventure, but it came to be mine in a heartbreaking way. It was my father’s first car that he purchased new, and as…

In a Daze Over Holiday Malaise

The holidays are always rough for me. Yes, it's a time to be introspective, retrospective and take stock of a year gone by way too quickly and weigh both losses and gains, accomplishments and setbacks. Perhaps it's just me as I edge closer to 60, but it's been a years filled with losses of friends…

Day of Infamy May Be Lost Legacy

On December 6th while on a quick ride through Hackensack to meet my wife for lunch, I couldn't help but make a side trip to the site of The USS Ling, a decommissioned WWII submarine and "Silent Service" memorial anchored in the Hackensack River. The site and adjacent Naval Museum are long abandoned, victims of…

Burned over the flag

This entry is a couple of days overdue, but I'll put it out there anyway. For those of you who know me, and for those that don't, I have always considered myself an F.D.R. Democrat. If you're not sure what that means, look it up on Google of whatever search engine you care to choose. The election…