Category Archives: History

Avenue In The Rain

By Childe Hassam (1859-1935), hung in the Oval Office requested by John F. Kennedy from Washington’s National Gallery, during the 1000 days of his short, but memorable administration.

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I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy

One of my favorite all time films is, Yankee Doodle Dandy. When James Cagney, as George M. Cohan, tap dances down the White House Steps, I’m always up from my chair, tappin along with him. I make no apologizes for … Continue reading

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Urban History

I didn’t go to college, therefore when I tell a historical tale, it’s without pedantic bells and whistles. But what better way to learn, I say, and a lot more interesting to decipher what you read in your own words. … Continue reading

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Tip of the Iceberg

To get off the subject of the apocalypse for a minute, I found myself chatting with King Midget about books. He’s reading the new Erik Larson on Churchill. I had said, I loved his book, Devil in the White City, … Continue reading

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I dreamt of Bill Hicks last night, a rarity these days. When he first past in 1992, he visited frequently, now not so much. He was on stage in a black hat, and all I remember was the word…REVELATIONS. I … Continue reading

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Closed Temporarily

I remember when Woody Allen was asked, what was his favorite word in the English language, and he said, benign. If I were asked that right now, I’d say, temporarily. It’s what all the shops along Madison Avenue have printed … Continue reading

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History Repeats Itself

I’ve just come back from watching protesters march down Fifth Avenue, a block from my house, rightfully outraged over the brutal death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, this past Monday. The crowd was mixed, meaning not just people of color. … Continue reading

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Freedom Writer

I’m very patriotic, not quite certain where it stems from. Could it be the Flag that waved from our porch every Memorial Day and 4th of July? My dad was in the Royal Air Force during World War II, something … Continue reading

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Those Iconic Steps

It’s no secret I love Kurt Vonnegut, and feel as if we’re forever friends. Sometimes we discuss things, especially writing dilemmas. But he’s pretty good with life’s problems too, like when my feelings get hurt by some random shun. He … Continue reading

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To Your Neutral Corners

I’m no political animal by any means, and frankly, couldn’t care less whose approval ratings are up or down, however…there is something I’d like to say. STOP INSULTING ONE ANOTHER!!! WHY CAN’T YOU PLAY NICE DURING THIS CHALLENGING TIME? Excuse … Continue reading

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