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...