Anniversary #35

Saturday, August 27, 2016 9:02 AM My dad died on August 27, 1981. My younger brother Julian reported the stunning news sometime around 10:00 that morning. Gave it to me straight, no chaser: ‘Dad died.’ No hint of emotion. His tone clear, calm, matter of fact. I don’t hold his demeanor against him. It’s congenital, […]

Morley Safer: Newsman

Friday, May 20, 2016 I awoke today to the news that longtime CBS journalist Morley Safer had died. He was 84 years old. That’s my mother’s age, though she’ll be 85 in nine days. Morley was doing segments on the television news show 60 Minutes right up until his passing as far as I know. […]

The Multitasking Myth

Note: This was written on June 26, 2016 Multitasking. I loathe the mere mention of it. According to what is known about how the brain functions — the neuro-scientific and empirical evidence is unimpeachable — multitasking is a fraudulent concept of the highest order. At best it’s a misnomer. What we perceive as doing two or […]

The Juice Got Loose

Note: The following was written June 26, 2016 The last installment of a five-part television series titled ‘O.J.: Made in America’ concluded last night. Ten hours of seductive film documenting not only the life of one of the greatest football players in the history of pro football but also his role as defendant in one […]

All Lives Matter? Really?

Recently, on the back window of a large, shiny, late-model, extended-cab pickup truck I saw a sticker proclaiming that ‘ALL LIVES MATTER.’ I read it in the bold, in-your-face manner in which it was intended. Understandable. After all, the initial proclamation that invoked the sticker’s sentiment — ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ —  was no less boldly […]

Nothing Time

Nothing time.  It’s the name of a tune by Susumu Yokota.  I don’t know much about music but it seems to be a simple composition.  Straight ahead.  Linear.  No musical gimmicks or attempts at virtuoso pyrotechnics.  Just smooth and consistent–and pleasing.  Restive. Nothing to prove.  Nothing at all.You ever try to do nothing?  I mean […]

The Dream

When I woke up, I was crying. It wasn’t like a sobbing-type cry; more like a gentle, appreciative sort of crying. In the dream, though, it was stronger, forceful. A feeling of utter shock and surprise, such a strong surge of sheer emotion as to be almost push one to cardiac arrest. The dream brought […]

Cool

In the pantheon of English language slang terms, none have displayed the longevity and relevancy of the word ‘cool.’ Protean in its ability to describe any number of situations, objects or persons, it has never gone out of style. In a word, ‘cool’ remains, well, cool.  What explains the staying power of this slang term, […]

August Snow-Storm, Way Back (Now?)…

Hey, check out the “August Snow-Storm” link. Interesting sidebar to the famous author of our nation’s anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” No knock on the venerated Francis Scott Key, per se. His was the prevalent thinking of the time, is all. I think there’s still a heavy residue of that school of thought, even now. […]