Category Archives: Work

A New (York) Man.

You know that feeling, feeling like you have to apologize for being alive? For taking up space in their world? For consuming their oxygen? Like you’re not entitled to it even if you’ve worked hard? New York’s a great place … Continue reading

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This one’s for you, Mr. Jones

Before I got on the Lexington Avenue bus after lunch yesterday, that ancient longing took hold of me.

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A short verse for Mr. Roland Caldwell, who tends the bar at Lillie’s Times Square

It was on the 20th of January that Lillie’s Victorian Establishment—on West 49th Street on the blessed Isle of Manhattan—found me.

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Whatever it takes

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I’m not at all certain about this new year business.

I’m not at all certain about this new year business. In a matter of seconds, a rug that really doesn’t exist gets yanked out from under more than 7 billion feet, balls drop, expectations rise, liquids are spilled, calendars become … Continue reading

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A short stop in downtown Des Moines

Downtown Des Moines: Re-scraping my Childhood Skies By Russ Wollman When I was young, I enjoyed a certain distinction among my peers which had nothing to do with me and everything to do with my father’s ownership of  an 11-story … Continue reading

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At the gondola repair shop in Venice

Few in this world will object if you clean up after yourself, put things in their proper place, and leave the situation better than you found it. On the other hand, some will be relieved when you simply leave the … Continue reading

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