This man cannot be more positive and good-natured. It’s not possible. He’s been working at the corner Citgo for over a year now, mostly afternoon shifts, sometimes early in the morning, and everyday I come in, every time, he smiles and jokes with me and asks questions to my son. He wears his hair long, down to his shoulders, and read more >>

“Want That!”

A middle-aged man pushes an elderly woman in a wheel chair. I am sitting on a bench, watching over Ellen’s seven-year old Golden Retriever, Callie. “Can she pat him?” the man asks, smiling. “Sure, but, watch out, she might take off an arm.” The woman reaches out to the dog and pats the thick, wet-from-the-lake fur. She looks to be read more >>

There’s a Line

My friend warns me, “There’s always a line. But it’s worth the wait.” Even though the place is called Prune, I trust my friend’s taste in breakfast joints. I don’t mind waiting. During my walk down from midtown, I pass half a dozen churches; on every corner just across from the church, homeless men and women camp, signs out and read more >>

Against Genre

Genre means the type of art, literature or music characterized by a specific form, content and style. For example, literature has four main genres: poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction. All of these genres have particular features and functions that distinguish them from one another. Hence, it is necessary on the part of readers to know which category of genre they read more >>


Trump I, like all of my friends, have been knocked sideways by the strange and sudden turn of events. Trump’s nomination has left us gasping for breath. (It doesn’t help that a rash of forest fires in the area has draped our city with a tarp of smoke.) In short: we expected the glass ceiling broken but had the floor read more >>