The doctor on call for my June 29 appendectomy happened to be a proctologist, one of the many random details that came rushing at me as my gurney careened toward the operating room. In the 15 minute Tsunami of activity that had taken place between determining my appendix was counting down to detonation and the looming surgery, I had barely begun to…

In the wake of the tragic cowardly attacks in NYC on Tuesday (10.31.2017), I have this vision of ISIS leaders monitoring American news outlets and once again gleefully shaking their heads with a combination of jubilation and disbelief.  Unarmed innocent women, children and men killed or injured. “Shukran!”   Major media outlets obsess and plaster […]

In October of 2017, I had a vision that Chief of staff John Kelly took a walk through Arlington Cemetery. To the haunting sound of a bugler playing Taps, he stepped among and then beyond the stones of some of “the finest men and women on earth,” stopping finally at a cheap plastic picket fence […]

Season Finale – Zoot Westchester Triathlon, 9.24.2017     “I should run an Ironman.” The recurring siren song of that fantasy percolates inside my head every year that I train for an Olympic Tri.  And every year as I dismount from my bike after the 26 mile ride and transition to the 6.2 mile run, […]

“He’s great, and he’s a cross dresser.” Even if that hadn’t been the only qualifier we had for the ER surgeon, it registered to both my wife and me as an extremely odd piece of information to divulge under any circumstance. “Do cross dressers make better surgeons?” we asked, which in turn confused the attending […]

The Escape From Alcatraz triathlon is to your standard Olympic triathlon what Metallica’s single St. Anger is to Miles Davis’ My Funny Valentine. It’s The Shining compared to The Notebook, The Godfather to Mr. Ed, or more apropos, Jaws to Finding Nemo.

The press limits and fixates its reporting of earthquakes to measurements on the Richter scale. They toss us a number, usually projected at the epicenter of a target behind them, and we take their dollop of science and run with it. The higher the number, the greater the pucker factor.  Done. But the Richter scale […]

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King. In four days, Donald Trump will become our 45th president. It was the best of minds. It is the worst of minds. The juxtaposition between these two men boggles any mind. Dr. King was unmatched as a courageous visionary, a brilliant and enlightened man of peace who lifted […]

I imagine that Donald Trump is struggling to find the appropriate words to thank America for placing his apprenticeship at the helm and electing him into office.  Perhaps this letter will help him to express his gratitude. To My Fellow Americans, It is with feigned humility that I thank you for this incredible honor to serve as your […]