A couple of weeks ago I ventured out for the first time in over a year to enjoy some live entertainment. With New York slowly opening up after more than thirteen months of house arrest, I was fortunate enough to have a friend's new one act drama to go see. Returning readers will recognize Robert … Continue reading The Play’s the Thing
I had a birthday a few weeks ago. Birthdays are not a cause for celebration for me and this one was no exception, but in the midst of my typical crankiness I did manage to stumble onto a pop culture artifact that brought to mind why it's worth it to keep trying in this life, … Continue reading Warren Zevon & Casey Stengel: Words From the Wise
Having studied film in college and subsequently spent a bit of time in the intervening thirty-five years in the company of actors, I have listened to and read more than enough in regard to the "process" that most thespians like to refer to when discussing their work. Not that acting isn't a skill requiring a … Continue reading Do You Want To Know A Secret?
Forty-six years ago last night, Hank Aaron turned on an Al Downing fastball and stepped into the record books. At the athletically geriatric age of forty, he hit his 715th home run, moving past Babe Ruth, becoming baseball's career home run leader. I remember it vividly. I had been a fan of the sport since … Continue reading Better Than the Headlines: What Henry Aaron Taught Me
The holiday season has finally come to an end, taking with it all the attendant sights and sounds we experience on an annual basis. A smattering of snow, an inescapable barrage of Christmas music, a shopping public with behavioral tendencies that put one more in mind of a Venezuelan food riot than the birth of … Continue reading Hello There
I'm writing this on November 27th, 2019. It is thirty-seven years to the day since Steve Gordon died. If you are not around my age (fifty-six), and/or a bit of a movie buff then his name is unlikely to ring a bell, but to me he represents the most agonizing instance of "what if?" I've … Continue reading Steve Gordon: The Moon and New York City
As a child, I spent a great deal of time at the movies. When I was very young and my family still functioned as one, it was an inexpensive night out. When things began to slowly erode at home I was fortunate enough to have a maiden aunt living with us who combined a tendency … Continue reading Speaking Volumes
I am, as I've mentioned in the past (Family Valued), something of an insomnia driven t.v. watcher. If you're a member of that club then you already know that at some point the viewing choices are thin enough so that the commercials offer more entertainment than the scheduled programming. Having spent more than a few … Continue reading The Riches of Embarrassment
I was at work when I found out that Frank Robinson had died. It was not unexpected, as he'd been suffering with bone cancer, but it still landed on me with a weight I didn't anticipate, but perhaps should have. Although not a member of my own inner circle of baseball immortals, Mr. Robinson was … Continue reading Frank Robinson. Not in Need.
"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." That is, as per the King James Bible, the epistle of Saint Paul as spoken to the Corinthians, circa 53 AD. Even as a … Continue reading Jackie: Exception to the Epistle