Today is a splashing of melancholy for me as I half-heartedly celebrate 25 years residency in Europe. I vividly remember the adjustment and chaos of registering as an alien, just as my mother had done 41 years before on Ellis Island off of New York with that Statue of Liberty glowing down and saying, yes […]

Hitting a Number and getting hit back

…and suddenly, Sex·a·ge·nar·i·an, a Noun on approach and a Valentine’s Day mini-manifesto. The Chinese cycle of life and the year of the Monkey (yeah, go figure), 1956 and 2016. The Chinese believe that the only consequential birthdays are the first, the 10th, and yes, the…I can’t even count that far. I suppose that it is […]