The revelations of a road trip

Commentary How a drive in Florida reminded me of what I learned and didn’t learn in school. Around the Block has been quiet for a while. It’s not because I haven’t had any things I’ve wanted to say; there’s plenty to say: Trump is back; “Trumpism” never went away; Pence is still acting the toady;Continue reading “The revelations of a road trip”

“Everything Old is New Again”

Commentary But there’s “good” old and “bad” old – which will it be in 2021? (A version of this story will appear in the March 2021 issue of the Valencia Palms monthly magazine, “The Breezes.”) As many readers know, I’m also a regular contributor to my community’s monthly magazine, The Breezes. Each month, contributing writersContinue reading ““Everything Old is New Again””

“Raid the Mailboxes” and other street games we played

It’s probably hard to believe that a Trump presser in the Oval Office in which he railed about absentee ballots and voter fraud would remind me of growing up in Brooklyn. But it did…with a little “Around the Block – News with a Twist” imagination thrown in.

Can Coney Island Survive This?

Lauren Vespoli’s NY Times article, “Can Coney Island Survive This?” reminds me of my own relationship with Coney Island; a relationship I first wrote about in 2012.

Why? Because Coney Island, is the magical place where my grandparents lived for many years and I lived the first year of my life.

Lauren Vespoli’s NY Times article, “Can Coney Island Survive This?” reminds me of my own relationship with Coney Island; a relationship I first wrote about in 2012.

Why? Because Coney Island is the magical place where my grandparents lived for many years and where I lived for the first year of my life. Frequent visits to my grandparents gave me the opportunity to get to know the mid–‘50’s Coney Island.