Crisis Management

     I left my North Andover newspaper office last Thursday afternoon thinking it was just another day. closer to the weekend. After the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, life was anything but ordinary.      I work an early shift so my day ends at 3:30 pm. I headed down Route 28 towards Planet Fitness […]

Friends and Family

     It’s Monday morning and I’m exhausted. I usually blame my blood pressure medication but today it’s something different. I spent the weekend partying. No, it’s not what you think. I spent the weekend attending social gatherings with family and friends. I had no rest once my weekend began.      On Saturday I […]

Batman is King

     A few weeks ago I made my annual pilgrimage to the Boston Comic Con. This comic book convention for fans and collectors has morphed into a meet-and-greet event for media celebrities. The new name, Fan Expo 2018, reflects how much this show has changed since its inception. Comic book and superhero culture has […]

Batman is King

     A few weeks ago I made my annual pilgrimage to the Boston Comic Con. This comic book convention for fans and collectors has morphed into a meet-and-greet event for media celebrities. The new name, Fan Expo 2018, reflects how much this show has changed since its inception. Comic book and superhero culture has […]

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 […]