It’s not easy being a dad today. I don’t mean because of things like changed gender roles, redefined masculinity, or even the radical transformation of the family. It’s not easy, because it demands attentive and steady shifting between being hard … Continue reading The Scoop on Fatherhood
I had never been to a community meeting with the police before. This one took place last Wednesday night at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx. For those of you who live outside of New York (or work … Continue reading A Faux Pas in the 48
It lasts twenty-nine seconds. There is an interval of thirteen seconds before it comes on again. Thus, in one minute, I listen to the jingle 1.6 times, give or take a few notes. That’s 1.6 times per minute, every minute–minute … Continue reading Killing Me Softly, Mister Softee
I live in the busy neighborhood. Across the street are an Italian restaurant and a Mexican bodega that plays ranchera music. Down the street is a park where kids play, people yell obscenities, and Evangelical preachers blare sermons for hours … Continue reading Just Say No to Back-Up Beeps!