Diary entries relating to "diary"
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
As I write this, the US is just beginning to recover from Hurricane Irene, which swept up the East Coast. While it flooded many small towns in upstate New York and Vermont, and closed down the subways in New York City, a lot of people (especially in NYC) complained that the danger was exaggerated--that it was only a "media storm." This...
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I was delighted to learn that Philip Levine will be our new poet laureate--not only because I love his poems, but because I actually got a chance to meet him when a literary group I worked for in San Antonio brought him to the city to speak. His poems are all "blue collar," with metaphors taken from his years working in the auto industry...
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I read "The Help" when it was first published a couple of years ago. For those who don't know, the book is a pre-Civil Rights story about white southerners in the heart of the South and their black maids (one of whom exacts a wonderful revenge for her mistreatment).
After I finished the book, we took one of our frequent...
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
There is rioting in the streets of London, and now it's spread across the ocean to Philadelphia as well. The London (and Philadelphia) riots seem to be about "getting stuff" that advertising and the media have seduced these kids into thinking they have a right to own.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I was in a doctor's office recently, when I saw, among the various diplomas from medical schools of the physicians in the office, a framed citation from Vietnam, thanking the particular doctor I was there to see. It got me thinking back about that war, which was a major protest event in my youth, over 30 years ago. But those are all memories and...
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I just finished watching the fourth film I've appeared in and as usual, I was somewhat disappointed. It seems like the most important things
I have to say are always left on the cutting room floor.
In the first film, which was supposed to be part of a...
Monday, July 11, 2011
This weekend we went to a wonderful play at a theater that's very near the hospital I was at for 6 weeks in 2004, after an aneurysm burst inside my brain. I was actually "out of it" for more like 2 months, since I spent some time at another hospital, because the ambulance always takes you to the closest place. Whitley (with the help of...
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I'm now home recuperating from yet another kidney stone operation, but even though I followed all the "rules" and drank lots more water
after my kidney stone operation 3 years ago. It turns out that some of us are "stone makers," who will simply have to get this sort of...