Monthly Archives: May 2015
If I reinvent myself every couple of years, will I ever get it right? Will it be, at my age, unseemly, like taking up tap dancing or modeling without clothes? * I’ve watched childbirth, with its trauma of being rushed helpless, without recourse, into a dry, cold, and glaring world. * The world […]
There’s an upcoming hour-long episode on television’s Investigation Discovery channel in which I play the central character, who gets caught up in a murderous situation. I don’t know what the edited show will look like, but I was in 26 scenes, with 18 changes of wardrobe. It was two insane days of running from scene […]
We were clean-cut kids, recent college graduates, two guys and two young women. We’d been brought from around the U.S. to California for Peace Corps training. It was 1964, and we were idealists of the JFK generation, supporters of his successor, LBJ, before we became aware of the ugliness of the situation in Vietnam. Our […]
When I was 16, I told my father I wanted to try smoking a pipe. So he brought me to the local drug store, where he bought one of their inexpensive pipes, a pouch of cheap tobacco, and a package of pipe cleaners. On the sidewalk outside the store, he showed me how to pack […]
This is the lesson of the mountains. You see spring come overnight and everything begins to flower. Plants grow quickly, since there isn’t much time. Spread roots, absorb the sunlight, bear fruit. Quickly, because the cold is sure to come: clouds, snow, barren trees. Be quick, don’t waste time, the mountains tell us.
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One cannot imagine a man-made monster or a werewolf creating a panic in the garish world of Times Square; more than likely he would be looked upon as a further interesting example of the native product. […]