Often when I watch videos of flash mobs, I get moved emotionally. Often I cry. Maybe it’s the fact, however staged, of music overpowering – or at least informing – the mundane. As it should; as should all the arts. ***Note the chorus dispersed among the shoppers in the first one:         […]


I knew an actor named – well, let’s call him Joel, which was, in fact, his name. I’d known him early in his career, and in mine, when he played a leading role in a musical I wrote. Joel was a big guy with a big baritone voice, so eventually he specialized in roles created […]

If you look for an image of “senior man in new york” on Getty Images (“creative”), you get this. It’s part of my plan to contribute to the decline of Western civilization. Another example:

New video from Comedy Central to encourage voting. Note the person at the far right. That is not my ideological position, but it IS me in the PSA.  

Our Elected Representatives are showing us that true patriotism is when you do what you think has to be done – even though history is going to depict you as a sniveling, amoral, hypocritical, manipulative, greedy, cruel, misogynistic, dishonest, racist, climate change-denying, gutless coward. I find that inspiring. I don’t understand all this prejudice against […]

When I close my eyes, they visit, the ones I’ll never see again by daylight; guilt and regrets also. This is my sleepless vigil, room to room, careful not to trip on shadows. * Instead of black night, windows are gray now; okay, it’s a new day instead of an old night. * Vines have […]

The latest of Gabe Barcia-Colombo’s amazing videos. Mini-Me (a virtual myself) appears at 1:06: https://www.gabebc.com/descent

Prevagen includes an ingredient found in jellyfish. The Federal Trade Commission and the AARP say that it won’t improve your memory. But after taking it, I find myself compelled to sting swimmers’ ankles. I don’t remember when this started.

After World War Two, a few surviving relatives made their way to Palestine, which of course became Israel in 1948. A couple of years later, my mother received a letter from one of the relatives, telling about a young son who was ill. The doctors said that a new medicine available in the U.S. could […]

Listen to what they say when the wind moves, the trees, taller than houses, and the swamp grasses, taller than men: Life thrives for this instant. People dizzy themselves with words, as the insects buzz. Sticky life flows through your veins, as it does through ours. Dry death and decay lie beneath new green stems. […]