A Chestnut Prison story, how 1978 reflects 2020.

Long-time readers of my blog will recall my original post about The Chestnut Prison. From July to November of 1978, because I could not live with my emotionally abusive and toxic parents – my mother and stepfather – I chose to move to Abington, Massachusetts, and live with my father and his wife (and his…

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The Flight Pins

Every year, around the first week of September, I look for the flight pins.  They’re somewhere.  But I can’t immediately find them.  Eventually, by September 8th, I find them.  Both safe.  Both ready to wear. One pin is an old United Airlines souvenir “junior pilot” pin.  The other is a gold-colored American Airlines “junior stewardess”…

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Donald Trump, this is your America

I’ve been self-isolated in my home for the past three months, avoiding a malevolent, unstoppable virus that can destroy my lungs in days.  I watch on the news as our cities are being destroyed, while police and protestors fight each other with rocks and tear gas and rubber bullets and AR-15’s.  I watch as 40…

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Hana Kimura and the pandemic of cyberbullying

Maybe you saw professional wrestler Hana Kimura in one of the Japanese puroresu shows in the past couple of years.  Perhaps you saw her in the recent Ring of Honor title tournament.  Or watched her in her many matches with the Stardom promotion. How good was she?  Check out this move.  It hurts just LOOKING…

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I don’t care if it’s May 15, June 6 or the 12th of Never…

In New York, we are currently on a “Pause.”  That means non-essential businesses must have their employees work from home, and that some services and luxuries must remain closed – all to stop the spread of COVID-19b from person to person.  The most recent deadline, as set via executive order from Governor Andrew Cuomo, was…

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So there’s supposed to be an April Fool’s Day post here…

I had an April Fool’s Day post scheduled for today.  I really did.  I worked on it for weeks. And to be honest, it was a masterpiece. Yesterday … I shelved it.  Maybe I’ll re-run it in 2021, maybe I’ll delete it from my incomplete blog pile. COVID-19 has claimed another bastion of normalcy. Background. …

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An empty glass full of water

There is the old Zen koan about a drinking glass that contains half of its internal volume in water.  Is the glass half-empty?  Is it half-full? Sometimes, there are days when that glass could be filled to overflowing, and I’d still swear it was empty. And this is something that, even at 56 years of…

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