If you’ve had a queasy feeling that American civilization is coming to an end, perhaps you can take comfort in realizing that this is the result of a carefully contrived plan. How can it be the end of our civilization, you might ask, if tourists want to come here? Well, that was also true of […]

I’ve always thought that an essential key to being fully human is empathy. In teaching, and later in creating educational materials, my goal was getting kids to see that the person they were dismissing, hating, or attempting to exploit was on the inside the same as them – full of thoughts and emotions like fear […]

The first truly original joke I remember making was in 9th grade Latin class. Our textbook included a photo of a statue of the Capitoline Wolf (the kindly beast who adopted Romulus and Remus). I took off from the 1950s’ surrealistic ads for Maidenform Bras. My joke – which I still think is funny, as […]

A moving (by its end) documentary about Rachmaninoff’s life and music. I had a very small contact with his story. And the documentary includes scenes that my Russian teacher spoke about.   The sky that covered us with lifegiving air, the sky brightened by the lifegiving sun changed for our generation. It didn’t shelter us […]

. . . are Norwegians. I don’t see what all the kerfuffle is about.

A few years ago, I was cast in a commercial for a home-caregiver company called Visiting Angels. It was an easy shoot to get to, since it was filmed a few towns away from where I live. Since the outdoor scene suggests cooling weather, they’ve been showing it each year during the autumn months. You […]

. . . if someone is an incompetent, dishonest nincompoop, so long as he’s OUR incompetent, dishonest nincompoop.