Dog talk has countless benefits

I’ve always wanted to learn a new language, something like Arabic, Chinese or ancient Greek, to keep my middle-aged brain from petrifying. So in the interests of staying mentally alert, I bought a book titled, “How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication.” While it’s not the same as learning Hungarian, dog talk has countless benefits. Chatting with … read more

No good deed goes unpunished

On Friday morning as I was rushing for the commuter train, I ran into a fellow at the end of the platform, holding a homemade sign that said, “I’m a veteran, out of work, need food, housing.” My suburban instinct was to avert my eyes, walk around him and catch the train. Instead, I stopped, reached for my wallet and … read more

In praise of daughters

I can still remember the fateful day my wife announced to my mother-in-law that we were going to have Kid Number IV. My mother-in-law’s response, once the dust settled and she started speaking English again, was something like, “Are you #%#$@ insane??? Mannaggia a me!!!” And it went downhill from there. She probably figured we couldn’t handle, or afford, three … read more

Spirit is willing, wallet is weak

While I lie in bed waiting for the alarm clock to go off at 4:30 a.m., I can hear a steady stream of email coming into my iPhone, one ping after another in an annoying rhapsody. When did I become so popular? Only later, when I finally have the courage to see what new cyber-horrors the night has brought, do … read more