A Private Family Matter, A Book Review

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.                                     John F. Kennedy My quest to find out more about my aunt from those who knew her at a younger age brought me to the actor, author, and one time professional football…

A Lady’s History

Bits and pieces of essays that I have written over the years… There is something very mysterious about a woman’s past. It really does not matter who the woman is–princess or prostitute, the chances of her having some scandal lurking in the shadows of years left behind are high–higher than you will think at first…

Pilot Friends, Help Me Out

To those of you who really know me, it may not come as a surprise to learn that I am absolutely fascinated by flight. From the many times that I flew solo on weekends to visit my father starting at the age of 6 (the youngest Gold Status frequent flyer in US Air’s history), to…

A Letter to my Grandfather in Heaven

Dear Granddaddy, So much has happened in the year since you’ve gone to heaven. It is true what they say, that life goes on. You would know that best, having suffered so much loss over the 90 years you were lucky to have been granted for a life on earth. I can’t imagine what it must…

Europe Trip 2013: First few Days in Austria

I apologize for neglecting to post on the blog, but I have been traveling via plane and car to the destination where I am currently writing: Kleinlobming, Austria–in the beautiful Austrian state of Styria. An American friend and I have traveled here for the wedding of our Austrian friend, which will take place later this…

39 Minutes in Venice Beach

She just wanted to get a taste of what it was like in the morning before it would be corrupted by the movement of the day. After picking up her rental, which was much bigger than the car that she drove at home, she made her way out to Venice Beach–just for her taste. This…

Local Zombie Coffee

You wake up but you’re not awake. The alarm is buzzing in your ear but you can’t figure out how to make it stop. Your hand keeps hitting something next to your bed, but it is obviously not your alarm. What is that? Finally, you find the right button and the blaring stops. The room…

It’s Cultural

Spring time is the perfect time to get back into your cultural groove. I’m talking about going and doing things that you have neglected all winter while you were wrapped in a snuggie cocoon watching reruns of your favorite shows on TV. The weather is finally warming up here in the Mid-Atlantic, which means that…

Nothing has Changed, The Circus

Last night, the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolled into Washington, DC. Every year, to celebrate this joyous entertainment occasion, the circus elephants, as well as some other animals and people, parade through the streets of downtown DC in what is called the “Pachyderm Parade.” Being the type of person that I am,…

Snow Fall Moments

Like an old filmstrip, my mind reels back to a time when we were all much younger and healthier; a distant memory behind all the haze created by adulthood drama and many nights of drinking too much wine. I can find this frame when I get lost inside myself, sliding down tunnels through memories to…