Tuesday afternoon, around 4:45 pm, Carmen, my father’s nurse starts shutting down the various machines currently keeping him alive. My sister N and I stand together in his room in the Intensive Care Unit at Staten Island University Hospital. My other sister, my stepmother and my stepbrother sit in the waiting room, unable to bear […]

Seattle… we need to talk. I know you’re busy, but yes, now. No, I’m sorry, it can’t wait. Not any longer, not any more. The fact is, I knew this conversation would be hard and that’s why I’ve put it off for so long. I’ve… I’ve been having these feelings for quite a while. They’re […]

There’s some guy on twitter who hates me. I have no idea who this person is, but he knows who I am. He also seems pretty sure he knows the core of my being. And that core is rotten. Rotten as ever a core of any being has ever been. He refers to me as […]

“I’ve been watching the Seattle weather for a couple of weeks. Does it ever not rain there?” This is a text I recently received from a good friend of mine who lives on the East Coast. What a ridiculous question, of course it stops raining here. We call it summer and it lasts for 2 […]

I’m not gonna do it. Really. Not happening. Won’t let it. Just stop the conversation right here, right now. It’s an easy road. Low hanging fruit. I’m trying to work hard and make art out of words. I’m not going to take the bait. That’s exactly what they want. You’re expecting it, I’m expecting it, […]

When you move away from the New York Metro Area, one of the first things you need to do is adjust your culinary expectations. It’s not that every area in the US outside of New York City doesn’t have great food – all regions absolutely do. It’s just that the staples, your normal go-to’s for […]

Continued from Part 2 The next Saturday afternoon I checked into my hotel in Edison, NJ, not far from the town of Woodbridge and the house I grew up in. I met up with my sisters, nieces and nephews who were also staying at the same hotel, as our mother had recently sold our childhood […]