Author Archives: Michael Katz

A Blast From The Past

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. Listen To This Post I was looking through a box in her closet when I came upon a letter, written by my […] Click to read more…

 

*NOT* Free Falling

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. Listen To This Post What if you sneeze? Or get […] Click to read more…

 

Park Yourself in Harvard Yard

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. Listen To This Post I gave him the finger – I’m kidding, I waved – and walked into the hotel […] Click to read more…

 

The Friendship Illusion

I was down on Long Island last weekend, attending my 40th high school reunion. It was, as you might expect, fascinating. Some people were a lot heavier. Some people had hardly changed at all. Others had gone almost completely bald, giving them the appearance of an extinct, prehistoric bird (hey man, no need to get personal). Listen To This Post And, as you might further expect, there was a lot of catching up to do. Given that I hadn’t seen most of […] Click to read more…

 

Right Question, Wrong People

This time of year, in this part of the world, it’s hard to avoid baseball. It’s on all the screens in all the bars. It’s all over my Instagram account. It’s on the waiting room TV at my local hair replacement clinic (I was picking something up for a friend). Listen To This Post And so while I’m normally not particularly interested in the game or the outcomes, I’ve spent a fair amount of time this past month watching baseball. […] Click to read more…