Robert Reich

The System

I’d heard Robert Reich’s name and seen friends share his social media posts for years, but I hadn’t heard him speak until recently. My local library sent an email promoting an upcoming live Zoom webinar with him, during which he would speak about his latest book, The System. So I eagerly registered. Watching him speak […]

Oprah Winfrey

Next Best Thing

Attending live events is my thing. It’s one of the reasons I continue to live in an expensive city in a small yard-less one-bedroom apartment with my partner. I need access to concerts, lectures, book readings, theater. A LOT of access. The pandemic has brought an end to live events for the foreseeable future, which […]

You Don’t Have to Take My Word for It

Happy 2019 to all. 2018 was a rough one for me, so I feel kind of shell shocked as I face a new year. Sometimes all you can do is put one foot in front of the other, and that’s what I will do for now. To cheer myself up, I’ll tell you about seeing […]

Stride Toward Freedom book cover

Stride Toward Freedom

After seeing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter Bernice speak a few months ago, I decided it was time to start reading MLK’s books. I have always loved his famous quotes, so I knew I would love any of his books. I started with Strive Toward Freedom, his account of the Montgomery bus boycott in […]

Tomahawks and Old Lace by Arch Merrill

Western New York History Lessons

I had never heard of Arch Merrill until I found his books at my dad’s house. Merrill worked at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper for years and also wrote numerous books about the history and folklore of Western New York. I read his book Tomahawks and Old Lace recently and really enjoyed it. His […]