Not intelligent right now

Oh somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light. And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout: but there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out. The last stanza of the famous “Casey at the Bat” poem isContinue reading “Not intelligent right now”

Saving ourselves from ourselves

When born in 1952, how was I to know that in a country I never heard of thousands of miles away there was a vicious war going on? The tanks and soldiers I played with were just make-believe. For me, reality was my play world, not the world blowing itself up outside of it. IContinue reading “Saving ourselves from ourselves”

Wired and wonderful

Wired. Everything and everybody seems to be wired today. That’s what the researchers say, the TED Talk storytellers, Bruce Springsteen, advertisers, neurologists too. Brene Brown PhD LCSW says humans are “wired for connections, it’s in our biology. As infants our need for connection is about survival. As we grow older connection means feeling valued, accepted,Continue reading “Wired and wonderful”

Learning to learn and not be lost

Nobody has escaped the ravages and surprises of 2020. Practically everyone has written their reviews of the year. And while this posting speaks to it, it goes beyond it as well. Death was around me in 2020 even before the pandemic kicked in in March. First, it was my first cousin R. who died tragicallyContinue reading “Learning to learn and not be lost”

Andrea Ziegelman, where are you?

About the same time that my cousin died in January (same age as me), my older brother showed me a draft of the Halpern family tree that he compiled using family notes and interviews conducted over the years.  His daughter asked him for it.  There are no elders left unless you consider the two ofContinue reading “Andrea Ziegelman, where are you?”