Category Archive for 'Life During Wartime'

The Critical Mass

A menace to society A couple of weeks ago, I’m strolling around downtown on my lunch break when I come across a bunch of cops in the the midst of breaking up a major threat to society. Loud R&B music. A car is stopped in the middle of the street, the driver already tucked away […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” vs. real life I was walking a couple of blocks to City Hall for a press conference this morning when I stumbled into a roadblock. A crowd was already gathering, with the cops keeping the road clear so that the movie makers in town can shoot some scenes for The Amazing […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

The boys in the junk store The bravery of the citizens who rushed to the aid of their fellow citizens maimed by the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, and the bravery of the police and assorted authorities and military personnel who brought the two suspects to justice on Friday, bookended the shameful cowardice of the […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

The morning walk Every morning, glancing out the front window, I’d see these curious-looking, silent oddballs – neighbors, I guess – walking down the sidewalk with one hand holding a plastic grocery bag filled with hot dog shit, the other hand holding a dog straining at his leash. Without realizing it was happening, I’m now […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

A clean sweep for Democracy I didn’t read the Sunday New York Times last weekend, as I generally do. It was such a beautiful day, hitting 70 degrees in November. It was a yard work day. All up and down the street, neighbors were doing yard work. Creating mounds of brown leaves at the curb […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

A very strange conversation Seen from an airliner window at 30,000 feet, the Earth is a beautiful work of art. Especially the Rocky Mountains, spectacular precipices that fall away to deep canyons, brown and gold terrain unexpectedly giving way to red. This is what the surface of Mars must also look like. In fact, we […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

Grandma Spevak’s ghosts Grandma Spevak’s house on Wheelock Avenue had a few ghosts in it. Not in any poltergeist sense, but in the way that long-gone, often unknown relatives lingered on the walls, and in the conversations among the adults. I remember hanging on one of the walls was an old, oval-shaped portrait – I […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

Dr. Strangelove and the 1 Percenters For those of us who believe that Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is one of the finest films of all time, this week’s news out of Salina, Kan., is further proof that truth mimics fiction: Tucked deep beneath the Kansas prairie, luxury […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

The irony of Dick Cheney and the Affordable Health Care law So…. Dick Cheney does have a heart. The former vice president received a heart transplant last week.  Let’s set aside all of the ill feelings that he seemed to revel in creating when he was Bush’s right-hand man and wish him a successful recovery. […]

Read Full Post »

The Critical Mass

Something for the 1 Percenters to think about A woman was talking on her cell phone as she got on the bus this morning. “I CAN’T BE THERE,”  she said in that phone-bellowing voice that I guess I’m supposed to pretend I can’t hear. “I’LL BE OUT DRINKING FRIDAY NIGHT.” She sat down heavily a […]

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »