As summer 2019 was just beginning to stretch its legs, The New York Times and the New York Magazine took several potshots at Waldorf Education and The Green Meadow Waldorf School here in the writhing metropolis of Chestnut Ridge, NY. Caught somewhere between “He who hesitates is lost,” and “Look before you leap,” I took […]

Remembering Arvilla Manning (a.k.a. “mom), March 26, 1928- August 17, 2013. With an afterward by my daughter Dylan, who actually gets stuff published. On August 17, 2013, Father Burns began my mother’s memorial service with the words, “Arvilla died a good death.” While I remain a passionate proponent of the adage that the best death […]

My epiphany during a recent call with Sears Customer Service was breathtaking and chilling in its clarity. We had only one hope as a nation and that was to immediately move to New Zealand.  Over 100 years ago, Sears was the Amazon of its time – innovative, disruptive, a blueprint for modern American business. Its […]

I interrupt my irregularly scheduled monthly post to offer two quick “thank you’s.” First, though the passing of my mom, Godfather, and father-in-law over the last several years cut my subscriber base by nearly 70%, thank you to those of you who continue reading my posts. And my thanks to your tech teams for being […]

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. Ronald Reagan This Memorial Day, I am reminded of something my father used to say to honor this weekend.  “Don’t take your freedom lightly.” If I wasn’t completely tuned-in, he would add, “It was more expensive than you can ever imagine.” While the only action […]

“Have we been paid?” To a musician, this question can mean one of two things. Prior to the gig, it translates to a simple financial inquiry. If asked by a band member during the gig, however, especially if casually whispered mid tune, its connotations become exponentially more ominous. The query is a musician’s equivalent to […]

From what I could gather at age 8, the cause of my grandfather’s death was sleep. As people gathered at our home to remember him, everyone who offered condolences emphasized that he had died “in his sleep.” They said it with a reassuring smile and often in a whisper as if to avoid waking anyone […]