• Remember King's message

    You know what they say about those who forget their history, right? They’re doomed to repeat it.

    At Saturday night’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reception at the Imani Center, the message was clear. Have the youth forgotten about the struggles of King and about the Civil Rights movement?

    As I scanned the crowd, which was much smaller than usual, I couldn’t help but notice that there were few children in attendance. The crowd wasn’t very diverse either.

  • Only pictures on a calendar?

    The New Year already has flown, leaving its newborn status lying flat in the nest.
    And I’m left with all these extra calendars — two from local businesses, two from churches which somehow think I will be interested in adding their agenda to my schedule, and another complimentary calendar from a company wanting me to buy calendars to give people next year, assuming, I suppose, that I somehow believe others will be interested in my agenda next year.

    But I like the pictures on these calendars, anyway.

  • The 'little red truck' comes home

    It’s dented and faded, with paint peeling from a bit of neglect. It might not be very pretty, but it was his, and that’s why we wanted it.

    My grandfather had a “little red truck” when I was a child. He loved the truck and spent hours upon hours adding special touches to it and making it shine.

    I remember riding in the truck on special occasions. My grandfather even decorated the truck and drove it in Princeton’s Christmas parade.

    Simply put, it was his pride and joy.

  • The future is now

    If you’re like me, you enjoy watching movies. I love to watch some of my favorites when there’s nothing else on TV.

    My wife and I have passed this pleasure on to our son, who at 14 years old enjoys many movies that were made when he was very young, or even before he was born.

  • Another earth, another you, another year


    Scientists have finally discovered another earth. Well, sort of.

    Earlier this month NASA's Kepler space telescope team announced the discovery of "Kepler-22b," located in what is called a "habitable zone," meaning an environment that's not too hot or too cold for the possibility of life. And just last week, the team unveiled two other earth-sized planets, Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, although they are not in the habitable zone.

  • The Christmas spirit is alive


    Why can’t it be Christmastime year round?

    I’m no fan of the commerciality of Christmas. The midnight madness sales, the “buy-buy-buy and pay for it later” mentality seems to have taken over the holiday.

    I often feel so few people forget what Christmas is all about. It doesn’t have a thing to do with cash. Not to me, anyway.

  • Surviving Christmas in a blended family


    Christmas can be tough, especially for blended families. And apparently there are plenty of them. It’s been estimated that more than half of Americans live in some form of a blended family.

    Stepfamily therapist Steven Straub believes that the blended family will become, if it’s not already, the predominate family structure in the United States.

  • The magic of Disney

    I felt like a child again, with the excitement and energy of someone at least two decades my junior.

    There was so much to see and do, from Winnie the Pooh’s house to Aladdin’s magic carpet to Peter Pan’s flying adventure.

    I went to Disney World a couple of weeks ago to celebrate my best friend’s 30th birthday. She picked a trip to Florida to celebrate her birthday and wanted to visit Magic Kingdom, the home to one of my favorite rides of all time, “It’s A Small World.”

  • Finding Common Ground at the Manger this Christmas


    "What part of Christmas do you find most stressful," I asked my secretary the other day.

    "The shopping," she said, without hesitating.

    "The shopping," those two words just about cover it all.

    The traffic - trying to find a parking place, struggling to drive from one store to the next, and the crowds, rushing to get in line, scurrying by other shoppers in the mall - all come with the shopping. It's an all-inclusive non-bargain.

  • Moving Mom and Dad


    As I walked away from the emergency room, I felt a heaviness for my friends who had just brought in their elderly father. They were rightly concerned about his health issues. But their dad wasn’t. In fact, he was angry that his adult children had insisted on admitting him to the hospital.

    There he rested on the gurney, pouting because he wasn’t home. His lower lip was turned up, childlike, which enhanced the scowl on his face as he weakly waved me away.

    It’s not easy parenting parents.