Happy Labor Day to the bridge builders of American liberty

Happy Labor Day to the bridge builders of American liberty

This past Saturday, on a weather-perfect afternoon in Brooklyn, my son Charlie sat at an outdoor restaurant enjoying the view. "You can see three bridges and the Statue of Liberty from where I'm sitting right now," he texted us, along with the picture. Though he has lived in New York for nine years, Charlie still [...]

Buttering up Grandma Peggy

Buttering up Grandma Peggy

More than almost anything else, my mother loathes butter. Her standard breakfast order -- dry toast, crisp bacon, eggs scrambled hard -- is a mandate not a request. Should butter appear on her plate, she will lose her appetite for the entire meal and the offending restaurant will face her non-negotiable butter boycott. So, when [...]

Beautiful things: Another magic mirror

Beautiful things: Another magic mirror

Last week, my sister in-law Nancy gave my son Charlie and his fiancée Tara a beautiful engagement present. As I've written before, Nancy celebrates moments and memories in extraordinarily thoughtful ways. She remembered that, when Charlie was younger, he had given his grandparents a mirror for Christmas, and had written them a note that they [...]

Happy Valentine’s Day, with love

Happy Valentine’s Day, with love

My dad used to swing by Wilmar’s Chocolates every Valentine’s Day to pick up a large heart for my mom and four smaller ones for my sisters, my brother and me. Some of us wolfed down those candies the day we received them, others savored each piece slowly, stretching that sweet little box out for [...]