Jazzed Up NYC Skyline

Today’s Post by Mildred Alpern The skyline of the city frames smooth toe-tapping jazz With blue notes high and low in syncopated beat The Freedom Tower’s solo is a complex rhythmic call For all surrounding scrapers to respond in varied styles But a cruise ship passes by like a strident...

Stop the World, I’m Get...

Today’s Post by Mildred Alpern Beyond the blue horizon Waits a beautiful day Goodbye to things that bore me—Joy is waiting for me – lyrics by Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting, and W. Franke Harling. “Stop the car, stop here!” I repeated to my husband. On a side street in Hoboken, New...

Happy Thanksgiving and ...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Thanksgiving in North America originated from European and Native American traditions as a time for people to rejoice after a hard day’s work. This blog and the Web is a way that all of us can share our thoughts and images with others, no matter where...

Is It a Bird or Is It a...

Today’s Post by Mildred Alpern I thought I saw some birds in flight Flapping wings, heart-beating fast A tumultuous crowd darting and diving In crazy quilt patterns of rapid ascent.   Looping on high in a spied-on escape They soared with gay brio in the cloud streaked blue While the...

The Twelve Chairs

Today’s Post by Joe Farace One of my favorite Mel Brooks movies is the 1970’s film The Twelve Chairs, starring Frank Langella, Ron Moody and Dom DeLuise and just a brief but hilarious appearance by Brooks himself. The screenplay was written by Brooks and was one of at least 18 film...

A Family Saga

Today’s Post by Mildred Alpern Ninety years ago, my husband’s father purchased some land by a lake in upstate New York and constructed a vacation house for his growing family. Over the years, during the summer months, family members and guests would gather, some staying, others visiting...