Harry Braham is Back!

Harry Braham Returns In 1945, Europe lies devastated from six years of war. The American and Soviet victors hold sway over millions traumatized by the Nazi scourge. As a bitter peace begins to take hold, Hitler’s surviving henchmen begin to scurry about like rats...

Grizzled Geezers of the Sky

They call it the Vietnam Room, a section of the restaurant with its walls covered with photos of young men in flying gear and the airplanes that they flew. The room is not so different from the rest of the aviation-themed restaurant that sits at the approach end of...

Don’t Call, Please

Maybe I’m just a cranky old man, but I don’t like getting phone calls. I refuse to put in a land line, so I am left with my iPhone, which serves me more as a computer terminal than a two-way voice device. With the exception of FaceTime calls from my grandchildren, I...

A Feathery Conspiracy

I don’t know about you, but as a kid I never gave much thought to birds. Of course, in Mrs. Conklin’s first grade class we were divided into reading groups by bird color. I recall being elated when I was elevated from the Red Birdsto the Blue Birds. I...

Quiet Solitude

 This year we decided to spend Christmas in Asheville at the Grove Park Inn. It is quite a place. The original part of the hotel was opened in 1913 and despite several additions the place retains its Craftsman-style heritage. Our rooms were in the oldest part of the...

Relevance

Relevance   If you are so rash, or perhaps unhinged enough to proclaim yourself a writer you will encounter a host of critics who will judge your worth. It goes with the job and once you feel the barbs of those who call out your efforts as biased or “flat” or...
Number Nine

Number Nine

Number Nine Nine seems to me to me a significant number of anything. Cats supposedly have nine lives, it takes nine months to conceive a child, there are nine months in the school year, one never heard of a cat-o-six tails – there had to be nine, Henry Hudson is said...

On Characters

Six years ago I invented a character, Harry Braham. Or more precisely, he came out of a day dream that I had while working as a consultant to financial advisors, a job that I found stultifyingly boring. In the cell-like office they kept us in while we made calls...

Vietnam – Déjà vu

Several years ago I wrote Prowler Ball – A Yankee Station Sea Story about my combat experience flying over North Vietnam at the end of the war in 1972-73. With the coming of the Ken Burns film we have been given a chance to revisit and remember those years. For those...

Whispers of Peenemünde

The Berlin – New Jersey Connection When I set out to write Whispers of Peenemünde I wanted to highlight how far the German scientists working for Hitler had gone in developing rocket weapons long before the first Wehrmacht solider crossed the Polish frontier. My...