Troy Night Out – for breakfast

Wasn’t last evening lovely? The breeze, the sunset, the deliciousness of air on bare skin...lovely, I say! It was the perfect early summer night to meet a friend in Troy, grab a bite to eat, and take a walk and catch up. Parking was surprisingly easy, (I think I finally understand Troy!) within a few … Continue reading Troy Night Out – for breakfast

Gibraltar may crumble…

When I heard that Albany’s statue of Philip Schuyler was being removed, my first response was that the action was an extreme, but well intentioned, reaction to the current Black Lives Matter movement. When it comes to dismantling history where do we stop? Are we going to strip every former slave owner’s name from each … Continue reading Gibraltar may crumble…

A 72-hour (media) fast

Ninety some odd days into the pandemic, and about 10 days since the murder of George Floyd, I have completely hit the wall. Overwhelmed is the only way I can describe it. The demonstrations, (including some very destructive ones within a mile or so of my home), the constantly updating feeds from Twitter, Facebook and … Continue reading A 72-hour (media) fast

My first snuff film – The murder of George Floyd

When it comes to violence, I have a very limited capacity to digest it. Movie scenes that depict violence, cause me to close my eyes. It makes me physically nauseous to witness people being punched and kicked and stabbed and shot and I simply am unwilling to absorb those images. Despite having watched the national … Continue reading My first snuff film – The murder of George Floyd

They said I’d get tired of the Bakmi

More than thirty years ago, when I was an undergraduate working my way through college, I landed a job at Yono’s Restaurant in Albany’s Robinson Square. The cuisine and level of service was beyond my prior experience, but my coworkers and the the Purnomos helped me to expand and elevate my skills. I learned at … Continue reading They said I’d get tired of the Bakmi

A False Spring

How about this weather? I’m not one to wish winter away, but I miss admit that I sucked my teeth in disbelief Wednesday morning when I looked out the sliding glass door to my snow dusted deck. Are you kidding me? I think Spring 2020 has felt exceptionally pokey in arriving and I’m convinced it’s … Continue reading A False Spring

Cathedral in Bloom, 2020

Even when winter has been relatively mild there’s still excitement for spring, particularly in upstate New York. As the crocus and daffodils start popping through last season’s faded mulch, I can’t help but begin looking forward to afternoons on the deck (or stoop) and sandals on my feet. Looks like we’ve almost made it to … Continue reading Cathedral in Bloom, 2020