Music: Glenn Gould

Sunday mornings are sacred to me, but not in a religious fashion. Nearly three decades ago, the cable channel A&E had excellent programming, and I used to enjoy Breakfast with the Arts, hosted by Elliot Forrest. It was broadcast on Sunday mornings, and it offered varied viewing related to fine arts and performance. There were [...]

Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity

This historical moment presents challenges to all of us.  For many, the economic implications will mean a significant change in the course of their lives.  Apprehension and despair loom. For some, this comes in addition to the suffering that comes with being a human being.  Struggle, desire, addiction, abuse, frustration--we wonder sometimes why such things [...]

The Importance of Nothing

Years ago I took up the concept of "nothing" with students, challenging them with a question that philosophers and scientists have pondered for years: Is nothing really nothing?  Or is it something? Over the course of about two decades, students from grades 3 through 12 have enthusiastically engaged in debate on this topic.  Their profound [...]

Friday Poetry: Cupid, to Ulysses

A few weeks ago, I started a series of sonnets inspired by an old story of Cupid accidentally scratching himself with one of his arrows and falling in love with Psyche.  Here, he is in such a state that he consults Ulysses--whose life is past and is living in the Underworld--about how he survived after [...]

Pink Sequel, Part III

A continuation of Part I and Part II... “So,” said Officer Chris, “what seems to be the problem?” “The problem,” I said, “is readily apparent. Please...look in their laps, look on the floor. You’ll find all the evidence you need for an arrest.” “Really?” Officer Chris responded. “Seriously, Paul? I mean, uh, Mr. Fornale? That’s [...]

Should Anything Else Concern Us?

As a brief follow-up to my post yesterday attempting to add perspective to the COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to urge a slightly different sentiment today as it would pertain to other health concerns. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 48,000 Americans died by suicide in 2018. Over 24,000 people under [...]

Care and Attention–Not Fear

As a school administrator, I have spent considerable time of late responding--and assisting others in responding--to the current public health crisis. I receive lots of questions due to my position and my work in a public school. Our media seem to send us sensationalized and charged messages that can cloud a meaningful view of the [...]

Cupid–After Psyche

A sonnet I wrote two days ago leaves Cupid feeling a bit self-congratulatory.  He makes a sacrifice so Psyche needn't suffer at the hands of Venus.  In today's poem tried to beat up on him a little--to make him more like us.  I've failed.  I even seem to have sublimated the guy. I may not [...]

Pink Sequel (Part II)

(Continued from Part I last week) Back in my office, I sat down to my late breakfast--coffee and a croissant. I had my door cracked open and not latched, which is my signal that only our secretary Mrs. Cooper should enter, and she should enter only in an emergency. My breakfast and my crossword puzzle [...]