Category Archives: United States

Politics: Will I Play the Money Game?

This essay was published by WBUR Cognoscenti, on March 26, 2014. http://cognoscenti.wbur.org/2014/03/26/elizabeth-warren-jeanne-shaheen-scott-brown-paul-e-fallon The buzz about Scott Brown running for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire struck closer when an email from Elizabeth Warren showed up in my inbox. Her missive … Continue reading

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The Visitor

When The Visitor slouched into theaters in 2007 (a film that opens on four screens total does not arrive with force) it earned a respectable niche.  The Visitor got good reviews, some indie awards; and Richard Jenkins (most famous for … Continue reading

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Columbia Maryland: Violence in Suburban Utopia

Last weeks shooting in Columbia, MD struck a deeper chord in me than other recent public carnage.  We will never know why Darius Marcus Aguilar chose to open fire at the Mall in Columbia over any of the other enclosed … Continue reading

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The End of the Annual Physical

I am honored to be a contributor to WBUR Congnoscenti, WBUR’s online magazine of commentary.  My first article, The End of the Annual Physical as We Know It was published 12/27/2013.  Here’s the text:  Every day, newspapers, television, and social … Continue reading

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Provincetown Library: A Surprising Beauty

Massachusetts supports it public libraries. Since 1990 the State has funded construction or extensive renovation of 200 libraries throughout the State. As a long time supporter of public libraries I often stop into local libraries. I particularly like to visit … Continue reading

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The Day JFK was Shot

Every one of us who was alive that day recalls the moment we learned that President Kennedy was shot.  No matter how ordinary, the instant is fixed in our mind and enshrined with significance. I was a chubby eight-year-old boy walking … Continue reading

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Seeking a Relationship / Settling for a Transaction

I had my annual physical this week and am happy to report that my health is fine, as usual.  I’ve had the same doctor for twenty years. Marcus Welby has nothing on Mark Bauer, M.D. my internist at Harvard Vanguard. … Continue reading

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Where is Our Nation of Laws?

John Adams, the hard-nosed framer of the Massachusetts Constitution, which became the model for the U.S. Constitution, once heralded our achievement as creating a nation of laws rather than a nation of men. He envisioned a republic released from the … Continue reading

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Thomas L. Friedman and Me

 Thomas L. Friedman and I are pretty much alike.  Okay, okay, he is Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times while I write a blog followed a handful of people. Farrar Straus Giroux publishes his oeuvre while they … Continue reading

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All The Way

The A.R.T. pulses this September with the electricity of a powerful hit. The energy of the full house crowd at last night’s preview of All the Way was palpable; it surged when the cast took their places on the stately … Continue reading

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