Sunday, December 16, 2012

Slaughter in Newtown, CT

“What can President Obama tell the parents of those first-graders when he meets with them today?” my wife asked.
“There is nothing he can say,” I replied.  “The act was too horrendous and heart-wrenching for mere condolences.”
If the President had the power, which he doesn’t, he could make if a federal offense for military type assault weapons to be sold or owned by civilians.  There is no possible use for them by civilians. These guns are not used in hunting or for target practice. The opposition to such a federal law by the NRA is political.   Our country has been characterized by repeated episodes of mass shootings in schools and this latest butchery will cause international attention.  Something has to be done! And it has to be done in Washington now!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012


“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul…”
- William Ernest Henley

With apologies to Henley, I’m back! This time with a new book called Marika. There are several Marika titles around, but I think you’ll enjoy this one. It’s all about the life of a remarkable woman, richly fictionalized to fill in the many personal events in her life.

Marika grows up in Budapest during WWII, and as a child and preteen, does what she can to help fellow Jews by carrying forged documents.

At 16, she escapes to New York, proceeds to college in Tennessee, and becomes a leading psychologist.

Her life is marred by a series of painful marriages, but she perseveres to reach her goals.

If you would like to follow the adventures of a courageous woman, try this book - Marika