Lilacs

Bend Don’t Break

Hurricane Sandy devastated the trees, shrubs, and plants of Brooklyn, along with people, homes, and coastlines. A stand of 3 gorgeous mature lilac trees was obliterated on the little bridge near the entrance to Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza. But up from the wreckage the next Spring came a valiant little flowering from what…

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The Philosophy of Furniture

According to Edgar Allen Poe, who wrote an odd little meditation on the display of wealth called “The Philosophy of Furniture” in 1840 for Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, the French are a “race of gadabouts,” the English “are supreme (in internal decoration but NOT in external architecture!),” the Chinese have a “warm but inappropriate fancy,” and…

Be Brave

Be Brave, Face Life

That’s the opening line from Charlie Chaplin’s great movie, City Lights, from 1931. Chaplin’s alter ego, the Tramp, happens upon a rich drunkard tying a rock around his neck, about to drown himself. Chaplin buoys him up. Funny funny funny! “I am shameless, I am offering myself to you, but at the same time, I’m…

Rock & a Hard Place

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Today is the third day of Passover. “Like America itself, Passover is about freedom. It celebrates the eternal quest for human dignity and the freedom which is perhaps the greatest expression of that dignity. Nowhere, and at no time, in 3,000 years of Jewish history have Jews known the kind of centuries-long freedom and security…