Mary Tyler Moore 1936-2017

January 26, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore 1936-2017 “Who can turn the world on with a smile?” A double entendre in that We’re happy for sure with this girl without guile But we really got off when she tossed that hat 70’s TV,  working women were shrill lonely wanna be wives But happy and single and using the pill? … Read More

Child Bride Burns to Death

July 19, 2016

Child Bride Burns to Death Zahra loved the idea of learning And so she juggled, starred in a play Imagine for a second a young child burning Then try to have a normal day Are fresh-picked berries any less sweet? Does the breeze still soothe leaves at dawn? Does the stream not delight my daughter’s … Read More

Sidney H. Schanberg 1934-2016

July 11, 2016

Sydney Schanberg 1934-2016 I  He chronicled the master of Cambodia’s campaign Captured with camera the politics of pain Pol Pot led the Khmer Rouge bloody reign of terror Schanberg saw the truth, for moments brought us there A small town kid, ‘34, oh what life will yield From working in his father’s store to the … Read More

Not At All

July 10, 2016

Not At All (audio) Two lives, incomplete Then Fate sets the scene: Provides then an empty seat Crowded coffee shop in Queens He was sitting reading “As You Like It” “Excuse me, would you mind If I shared this table? I’ll be quiet.” He knew his line “Not at all” She kept her promise for perhaps … Read More

It Wasn’t Your Fault

July 8, 2016

On July 7, Jason Russell, while saving his eleven-year-old son, Aaron, died in the waters of Lake Champlain. I can’t stop thinking about that boy.  And about us. About forgiveness. It Wasn’t Your Fault A boy swims. Too far. Trouble The ocean, as always, indifferent to struggle A father unskilled dives to the blue Willfully … Read More

Do You Get Lonely?

July 5, 2016

When I was a kid, we had several groves of trees near the house; a cluster of trees on open prairie landscape is like an oasis in the Sahara. Trees are the lifeblood of farm kids. Strangely though, I was also drawn to a lone tree that stood at the end of a half-mile cornfield. … Read More

I Want to Watch Ed Sullivan

June 28, 2016

One of the songs on my upcoming record is called “John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me” (you can listen to an almost completed version here).  It’s about how I first heard The Beatles and the continuing effect of that experience. But that’s only part of the story. As Paul Harvey might say, “Page two”. I heard … Read More