Monthly Archives: November 2018

A Blast From The Past

(Listen to this post, here.) Most of the time, in situations like this, you don’t find anything worth saving. I was down in New York, visiting my mom at her assisted living facility.  She and my dad moved there eight or nine years ago. He has since passed, but she is still chugging along, as best as one can chug at 92 ½. I was looking through a box in her closet when I came upon a letter, written by […] Click to read more…

 

*NOT* Free Falling

(Listen to this post, here.) Maybe you’ve seen the TED talk given by Alex Honnold, a guy – actually the only guy – to have ever completed a free-solo (i.e., no ropes) ascent of “El Capitan,” a 3,000 foot, vertical cliff in Yosemite National Park. As a person who has trouble comfortably ascending a ladder to clean leaves out of the gutters, I can’t begin to understand how one climbs a half-mile-high rock wall, knowing that one mistake and it’s all over. What if you sneeze? Or […] Click to read more…

 

Park Yourself in Harvard Yard

(Listen to this post, here.) I couldn’t have been on the street for more than 10 seconds. That’s how long it takes to walk from the parking lot to the front door of the Sheraton Commander hotel in Harvard Square. But as I did, I heard a car horn; it was my friend Ed, who just happened to be driving by at the exact same moment. I gave him the finger – I’m kidding, I waved – and walked into the […] Click to read more…