May the Truth be Told?

Every weekday, on my way to and from work, I pass the gaping hole in the ground that used to be the World Trade Center. And as I enter my building, I pass a beautiful crystal rock which is suspended over a black marble reflecting pool. Eleven tears of water fall into the pool in timed intervals […]

Thrilled!

Have you ever been thrilled. I mean, really thrilled? Where your heart is pounding and you can’t tell if you’re terrified or terribly excited? I have. I was traveling across the country, at a crossroads in my life. Trying to figure out what was next for me, wondering if I was making the right decision […]

A Drop of Kindness Goes a Long Way

Well, it’s that time of year again. When we’re rushing around, seeing friends, buying presents, making cookies, and celebrating the holidays. Last night I was hurrying off to see an old friend and her fiancé for dinner at a quaint little Italian restaurant on the upper east side. I left work in a whirl of […]

It wouldn’t be make believe, if you believed in me.

The other day, I found myself sitting in the same room with Tatum O’Neal. I wanted to walk over and say hi. Tell her how much I identified with her in Paper Moon. How much I felt just like I imagine she felt, traveling with her father. Although, my dad and I weren’t grifters traveling around […]

Another Time

Another Time

The fossil of a thought in a letter that had faded with time.* About six months ago I discovered a collection of letters that my grandmother wrote to my grandfather from the summer of 1938 to the spring of 1939. And for about a month, every night before going to sleep, I would read one […]

Too Late

Too Late

Philip I went to our nation’s capital this Thanksgiving weekend to explore the Smithsonian, as I didn’t get the chance the last time I was there. Which was October 11, 1987 for the March on Washington. I went with my friend Terry and we stayed at Philip’s parents’ house. At the time, I liked to […]

A Better Life

A Better Life

I came into work this morning, sweating profusely due to the subtropical humidity, worrying about all the things I have to do before I move next weekend, and opened up my email to find a message from my boss. “Darrow, just a heads up on some terrible news. Linda passed away on Sunday. Awful.” I sat there […]

A City Ditty

A City Ditty

I got on the elevator this morning, as I do every morning, well, weekday mornings, that is. And while standing there, trying not to look at my reflection in the incredibly shiny doors, or catch the eye of anyone else’s reflection, I eaves dropped on a conversation between two women who I will stereotype as […]

Never Judge a Soul by its Cover

Never Judge a Soul by its Cover

When I was in my 20s, I was working at Cafe SFA, the restaurant at Saks Fifth Avenue, overlooking Union Square in San Francisco. The other waiters and I couldn’t stand to wait on the women from Cosmetics, who would always come in late afternoon, just as we were trying to close. They’d light up […]

A Neverending Beginning

A Neverending Beginning

Every story has a beginning. But, every beginning comes out of an ending. Thus, we are forever going through the doorway, never really landing in a room. Remember Don Smart, from “Get Smart” who, at the opening of the show walks down a long corridor through doorways that open in front of him, some slide, […]