Category Archives: inspiration

A Little Caboose

I should just switch my site to a train travelogue since, once again, I have a tender tale to share. I’m on the N Train, the Broadway local into Queens, when, as I make my way to the stairs to … Continue reading

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Good Copy

I’m sitting in a cafe writing on a legal pad, when I notice a well-heeled woman staring at me from across the room. Do I know her from somewhere, I wonder, my memory lately doing the hula. She starts walking … Continue reading

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A Little Tenderness

I’m in Starbucks crying, the happiness I promised myself nowhere to be found. While huddled in a corner wrapped in layers of wool, wondering if spring will ever come again, a baby in the tiniest red hoodie, toddles over to … Continue reading

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Adverbs, Vonnegut and Me

Kurt Vonnegut loathed adverbs (a noun, word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group), slaying them at every turn, making me aware how often I use them. That LY you don’t … Continue reading

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A Gentleman Caller

It’s around 3 A.M. when I get up to write, a habit of mine if I can’t sleep. I don’t feel lonely often, but for the past few days I’ve had a yearning I can’t seem to quench. It happens. … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Promise

I find when I call changes I’d like to make in the coming year, resolutions, they never pan out. But a promise, after all, is a promise, even if it’s only to yourself. I’ve decided, I’m going to be happier. … Continue reading

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Best Story of the week…December 26th

I’m on the train coming back from therapy. The car is snailing back uptown with very little chatter. It’s Christmas Eve, so the solemnity seems apt, like everybody’s waiting for a savior to be born. That damned Catholicism of mine … Continue reading

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Bill Hicks

Today would have been Bill Hicks’s 58th birthday. Since he died at 32, it means he’s missed 26, which adds up to an awful lot of missed cake. I remember what a sweet tooth he had and how, whenever I’d … Continue reading

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A Heart Pried Open

It’s not easy being sensitive. There isn’t a homeless person that escapes my notice, a blind man I don’t see, or a stray cat under a car wishing I could coax home, so it’s no surprise I spotted Andy. There’s … Continue reading

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Babar On The Bus

I love to see little kids reading, a rare sight these days, so spotting one on the crosstown bus got my attention. This little guy was around 4, with his nanny who held him and his book in her cushy … Continue reading

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