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Tonight, I’m going to my grammar school, St. Stephen of Hungary’s first ever all students/faculty reunion. I graduated in 1968 and soaring memories involving all my senses have welled up. Next Friday, I’m headed to Joe’s Pub to see the Loser’s Lounge Carly Simon/Linda Ronstadt tribute.  The Losers Lounge is my favorite recurring NYC music… Read more »

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In the Upstate Schenectady School district, five-year-old Jeneya Nevins boarded the wrong bus to the wrong school, assimilating herself in a first-grade classroom, a notion completely oblivious to teachers and staff. Apparently the school was expecting a new first-grader, and the kindergartner’s verbal confirmation was credence to the “board of education.” Metonymic, Of course! Teachers… Read more »

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He is the most consummate master of vowels and consonants, the greatest poet. As a philosopher and moralist I have no abnormal respect for him. You guessed it folks. Shakespeare! The man, the dude, the master of masters imbedded in the canons of literature, music, performance art and even everyday language. He had coined hundreds… Read more »

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I shouldn’t drive down this block. I’m taking a chance. True, it’s just another street in Brighton Beach, where five-story apartment buildings march right up to the ocean. They resemble 1776 Walton Avenue in the Bronx, where I grew up—plain and mundane. But these sit on the Atlantic, right on the cusp of land and… Read more »

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March 19th is the Feast of St. Joseph ~ an East Side wide holiday in 1962 in Manhattan. The St. Joseph parish on 87th Street began as an orphanage on York Avenue (then known as Avenue A) and 89th Street in the 1800s. The cornerstone of the present church was blessed in 1894. My mother and… Read more »

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We are all artist.  We all create our own lives. As we become adults, we decide to what extent we will comply with society’s demands and how we will balance this with our individual interest.  In this, life is an ongoing struggle between conformity and creativity.  Conformity securely diminishes.  Creativity precariously broadens. As social beings,… Read more »