Amahl and the Night Visitors

"This is an opera for children because it tries to recapture my own childhood. You see, when I was a child I lived in Italy, and in Italy we have no Santa Claus. I suppose that Santa Claus is much too busy with American children to be able to handle Italian children as well. Our … Continue reading Amahl and the Night Visitors

A Secret Pleasure at the Gym

No, it's not the swimming pool. It's not the hot tub. It's not the gorgeous male trainers. It's the closed captions. Some machines at the gym have TV monitors attached so users won't become bored. A wise move. My first day on the recumbent bike, I said to myself, "Oh, pish-tosh! I don't need television. I have an … Continue reading A Secret Pleasure at the Gym

The Dog That Bit People

Having spent the week engaged in selfish pursuits, I wanted to do one good deed before midnight--less than half an hour from now. I've chosen to share a story: Keith Olbermann reading James Thurber's "The Dog That Bit People." I met Thurber in fifth grade, when all students, K-12, were herded into the auditorium to … Continue reading The Dog That Bit People