How I Became an Author

I attended St. John’s Prep in Brooklyn, where I became an avid reader, consuming over 50 novels in my freshman year. This led to a growing interest in writing, with no practical outlet for that desire. Skipping college, I joined my family’s printing company in New...

Press 1 For English

This was our 13th move (necessitated by the Witness Protection Program). But Covid made it a nightmare. Before leaving, we sold most of our furniture. We signed up for all the utilities at our new home in advance. And we ordered appliances that did not come with the...

Doctor, I Feel Your Pain.

This year, we switched from a Medicare supplement plan to a Medicare Advantage PPO. And we will have saved thousands of dollars in medical, pharmaceutical, and related health bills this year alone. As part of their medical management program, the insurer provides each...

Growing Up In Brooklyn

Most of you have been wondering why I act the way I do. And the rest of you are just too polite to ask. It’s not easy growing up in an Italian immigrant family that strongly preferred beer over wine. I never recovered from the first glass. I still can’t drink the...