Parables

Parable #7: Eric

March 8, 2017

    Some people are unforgettable for the most trivial of reasons. Once when I was a junior in high school, Eric Schwartz stopped me in the hall and asked me a question. “When you shave, do you shave up like this, or down like [...]

Parable # 6: Walker

June 26, 2016

    I took my 87-year old mother and her dog Jasper to Central Park. My mother inched along the pathway with her walker while Jasper and I chased a ball in the grassy parts. After a while my mother stopped to sit on a bench that had a few [...]

Parable # 5: Bowl

April 26, 2016

  I came to NYC when I was 17 to go to the New York Studio School. It was a little crazy because the school was unaccredited and most of the students were much older and already had college degrees. The school had a gallery and cheap wine was [...]

Parable # 4: Busy

March 25, 2016

Back when industry first abandoned New York and there was a glut of available loft space, we rented what had been a tie factory in Hoboken for $300 a month. There was a business that made wire lampshades below us, and a garment factory above. I used [...]

Parable # 3: Rules

March 1, 2016

Lately there don’t seem to be many patrol cars waiting for bikes to run red lights. Not enough bikers in the cold to justify the man-hours I guess. In winter a quick look is sufficient to slip by the cars, stuck like dinosaurs in mud. Of course [...]

Parable # 2: Lanes

February 23, 2016

Brenda at the pool said to me, “You stay over there in the fast lane where you belong.” “Why, is that the White People’s lane?” “Yes it is, and it’s Black History month!” – Adam Simon   Readers are invited to respond [...]

Parable # 1: Shovel

February 23, 2016

After the last big snowstorm, our neighbor Sal told a couple of the guys working for him to clear the snow from in front of our house. One guy said to Michele, “Can I borrow your shovel?” “Sure, just leave it inside the gate when you’re [...]