Many Men Go Fishing

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that is is not fish they are after.” Henry David Thoreau While there is some debate about the exact phrasing and origin of the quote, it is most often attributed to Henry David Thoreau, the American essayist, poet, and philosopher.  Regardless of its origin, it …

Lessons from the Fifth Station

Even as a child, I could not escape the Stations of the Cross during the Lenten and Easter seasons.  Not even baskets of jellybeans, marshmallow chicks, and large chocolate rabbits could divert me from the horrors I perceived of crucifixion.  I was four years old in 1953 when I sat in the Capitol Theater with …

Test of Three

A dozen years ago, I read about the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates’ “Test of Three.”  As the story goes, Socrates proposed this test of three questions before you repeat a rumor: It makes no difference whether or not Socrates actually said this, but the principle is sound regardless of its source. I remembered Socrates this …

Thanksgiving

There is no holiday equal to the Thanksgiving of my youth.  It was a grand affair when women wore dresses and men wore suits and ties.  As the New England weather cooled and the last brown, dry leaves fell from the maple trees, Halloween a pleasant memory, I looked forward to Thanksgiving at Babcie’s with …

Toyland

Fifteen years ago, I began work on my second novel which was published in 2010 as The Hamsa.  I still refer to it as ‘my holocaust story’ although it covers 26 years from 1918 to 1944 and the protagonist is a Polish gentile, Bronisław Czech, the 349th person incarcerated in Auschwitz. I pride myself in …

Hank Eichin Enters God’s Hall of Fame

I was schooled in sportsmanship by my father and a series of great coaches that started with Tom Farley at Pomeroy Elementary School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts during the 50s, then Rudy Benedetti at Pittsfield High School in the 60s, and culminated with Hank Eichin at the Air Force Academy in the late 60s and early …

Heroes Under Fire

I’ve been communicating for several hours since early this morning with my three closest contacts in Haiti. It started with Benoit who always begins each conversation asking about my health and my family and friends.  His next statement was chilling.  “The bandits are trying to kill me.” Justin confirmed the fear and urgency in Benoit’s …

Palm Sunday and the Third Fall

The fourth part of my personal credo may be the most important… I am called to emulate Jesus… I am reminded of the magnitude of that aspect of my belief most strongly on Palm Sunday as I prepare to share with millions of people around the world the final steps of Christ’s final journey. Up …