Coming to America

     My son Max has been living in Japan for the past year. He is a teacher at The Tokyo School of Music. I miss him every day, but I am happy he achieved his double dream of living in Japan and teaching music. When he told me he was planning to return to […]

Rear Window

     My recent medical malady made me feel like James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece Rear Window. Stewart’s character was confined to a wheelchair because of a broken leg. He was forced to watch the world pass by as he gazed out the window of his New York apartment. He entertained himself by […]

Zero to Sixty

     There are sports cars that accelerate from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds. This is a fitting metaphor for my life because I feel like I was born yesterday and I just had my 60th birthday.      Life is short. To say I’m at my halfway point is probably an […]

Bless the Beasts and the Children

     “Bless the beasts and the children…” I think it’s a Bible verse, although I’m not up to date on my memorization of scripture passages. I know it’s the theme song from a 1971 movie of the same name, sung by The Carpenters. The quote also has political significance today as illegal immigration continues […]

Graduation Days

     Congratulations to all of this year’s Stoneham High School graduates, class of 2018. Over the years, I have been blessed with many happy graduation memories of my own. I am one of those lucky people who vividly remembers events from my childhood like it was yesterday.      I still carry kindergarten graduation […]

Forest Lawn

     It’s a jungle out there. Oh wait, that’s just my front lawn. Thanks to the unusually cold and wet weekend weather we’ve experienced this spring, my annual struggle with my lawn mower began a month later than usual. I couldn’t put my yard work off any longer. It was time to enter my […]

Open Book

     Online Privacy – now there’s an oxymoron. Or maybe it’s just a myth. Apparently you can find out anything about anybody on the internet with a minimal amount of searching. Addresses, telephone numbers, ages, relatives – all of our information exists online and it’s readily available with the click of a button. Privacy […]