Monthly Archives: December 2017


Is it a safe assumption that a society formulates laws against certain behaviors that are considered bad because some of its citizens would be inclined to do them? As a child, I was amazed that Leviticus included this statement: Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind. The […]


It isn’t easy negotiating the gentiles’ world, although you think it’s good to be accepted or tolerated. Am I too loud, too assertive? Do I seem arrogant? Some intoned the creeds and took the sacraments, like Mendelssohn, Mahler, Heine, and my own brother. Others stumbled ahead, like me, wondering What do they say when I’m […]

My Performance with Bruno Mars

I answered an ad for someone to appear in a taping for a musical performer’s TV show. There was no mention of who it was. I got a call from the production office. Could I play chess, they asked. I answered truthfully: I knew th emoves, but was not a skilled player. In fact, I’ve […]