Becoming Me

Sunrise.In keeping with my pledge to give more of “me” as a human being in my articles, I present to you another chapter in the life story of yours truly. This is as accurate a recollection I can give without obtaining permissions from certain persons and business entities, thus no names are provided. I must also note that this memoir contains no defamatory comments whatsoever. In an era of slanted recollections and libelous novelizations, this is a “no-hate autobiography.” Continue reading


President Oprah?

Hope and fear masks.“Will she or won’t she?” That was the question posed by many Americans in early January after a rumored presidential bid by Oprah Winfrey spread like wildfire. News outlets, pundits, and everyday people on America’s streets were either abuzz with excitement or trembling with fear by the prospect of a President Oprah Winfrey. As of this writing, the question of a presidential run by Oprah Winfrey remains unanswered. All we have is speculation and rumor at this point, not confirmed facts. Yet, despite the lack of verified information regarding this issue, fears about the transformation of America to a socialist nation under a dreaded “President Oprah” continue to race fast and thick online. However, such concerns about a shift to a socialistic model largely ignored two elements of importance: the conditions through which socialism thrives, and the American system of laws and government that would oppose it.

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New York Fact-O-Gram #4

The Current Madison Square Garden.

The Current Madison Square Garden.
(By Rich Mitchell.)

Most people outside New York City know that Madison Square Garden is the name of the city’s premier indoor sports facility. However, most don’t know that the Madison Square Garden of today is neither the original venue nor is it in the location of the original. Amazingly, the current Madison Square Garden is actually the fourth structure to bear the iconic name of the most storied sports and entertainment facility ever to exist here in my native New York City. Continue reading

New Year, New Entries

Change written on a wall.

Change in all things is sweet.

Happy new year, everyone! Last year felt like a rollercoaster ride for 365 days straight, didn’t it? The year was…interesting…for many, absolutely disastrous for others, and just about the best thing since sliced bread for the rest. As we drive further into 2018, our view of the past year is quickly receding in the rearview mirror. Here’s to stepping on the accelerator and moving forward into a year of peace and purpose. May this new year be one of happiness and prosperity for you all, and may it be a time of great unity and progress for our bitterly divided nation. Continue reading

Young Again

A Hero to the Rescue!

A Hero to the Rescue!

While online recently, I noted that a fellow member of an online group posted an image of a Comic-Con from 1975 that featured only those characters belonging to Marvel Entertainment. For legal reasons, I am unable to use the image as part of this article. However, I am free to provide this link to the image. Please take a look at it before reading further. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. 😉 Continue reading

Marvel and Me

Flying superhero.

Many Americans had fictional childhood heroes, and those characters often came from the world of comic books. Characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman have ranked among the most popular fictional characters for decades and captured the imagination of many. However, despite their preeminence in American culture, they never captured my youthful imagination, and here are the reasons why. Continue reading

The Brother, the General, and Mary

The Ruins of Riverside Hospital on North Brother Island

The Ruins of Riverside Hospital on North Brother Island.
(Image by reivax.)

Located in the East River of New York City is a place that was at the core of events filled with death, tragedy, and unrepentant malice. It is North Brother Island, an overgrown, 20-acre island that sits between the city’s Bronx County and its infamous Riker’s Island prison. Both the island and its smaller twin South Brother Island are now wildlife sanctuaries and devoid of any human presence. However, in years past North Brother Island was home to Riverside Hospital, a treatment facility for many infectious diseases; it was also the scene of fiery death that remained unrivaled in New York City history until the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.

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