A Woman Named Rose

On the first day of class the professor introduced himself and challenged the students to get to know someone they didn't already know. A young man in his late teens stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched his arm. He turned around to find a petite,...

Our Menu Options Have Changed

Why does every call to every Customer Service Department start with a warning: “Please listen carefully as our menu options have changed?” Restaurant menus don’t change as often as phone options. And by the time they recite all eight options, you forgot which number...

Taking the Grid Out of Gridlock

South Carolina has always been a state that keeps its taxes in check. And their gasoline taxes are among the lowest in the country. But that also means their road budget is lower than most states. But despite that, the roads in South Carolina are certainly better than...

Why I Write

As a young man, I often thought big and wondered what my contribution to mankind would be. I loved chemistry, and considered biochemistry as a vocation. Could I become a scientist who develops some life-saving vaccine? But, an early marriage and a rapidly growing...

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...

Invasion of the Love Bugs

It's May and love is in the air! Actually, it's love bugs. And this year, the annual invasion has arrived with a vengeance. These innocuously named creatures seem to have no beneficial purpose in life. They look like fireflies, but instead of glowing in the dark, they...

Driving While Jewish

Every year after moving to Florida, my good friend Tom threw a St. Patrick’s Day party. And his tradition was that each attendee tell an Irish joke. Tom took the joke telling seriously and had a team of judges announce the winner at the end of each party. He also had...