Back in the Day

So, what did you do last Monday? The “pomp and circumstance” associated with this day means that it is prominently marked on most calendars. However, you may not have realized until the last minute that last Monday was Memorial Day.

I had every intention of staying away from referencing the coronavirus in today’s column. This virus was referenced in each of my columns over the past eight weeks and I was determined to move on; to get my mind on some other subject.

Today is Mother’s Day. For many of us, however, today will not seem like Mother’s Day. The things that many of us did in the past on Mother’s Days will not take place this year due to the impact of this coronavirus epidemic that is plaguing our country and the world.

Last Saturday’s weather was outstanding. When I telephoned one of my good friends, his wife answered and told me that she had just returned from a relaxing leisurely walk. She encouraged me to do the same during the perfect weather.

In a recent column, I speculated that we would see an increase in the birth rate since many couples were hunkered down due to stay-at-home mandates resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Several friends that read the column, pointed out that another outcome might be an increase in the divo…

Any discussion regarding defecating is uncomfortable. Whenever I initiate a discussion of this essential function, it is usually met with this response, “That is too much information.” Various terms and expressions are used to describe this activity, such as going to the bathroom, putting ou…

Under normal circumstances, today’s column, as in previous years, would be devoted to some aspect of Easter. However, these are not normal times. The coronavirus pandemic continues to be on my mind.

We all are negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. It has resulted in scary times. One of my friends claims that the government is not telling us the truth; that there is no coronavirus problem. He believes the government is unwilling to tell us that there are aliens from outer spac…

Readers of my column know that I have shared my experiences as a student over the past several weeks. My comments about the Philadelphia school system, unlike those highlighted in the media, have been rather positive. I have fond memories of my school days.

Last week as my son and I rode together by automobile to our offices, I observed a lady struggling to get a box out of the trunk of her automobile to take across the street to a building. She had a hand truck but was making no progress. Another automobile came along, pulled to the side and a…

This past Christmas, our son gave us a large, flat-screen television for our family room to replace the smaller screen television. After moving around some furniture, an ideal place was found for it so that we could watch our favorite news, shows and sporting events.

When I am unable to fall asleep at night, I twist and turn. During these sleepless hours, I focus on my days, as a student in the Philadelphia School District. My fond memories at Martha Washington Elementary School, Mayer Sulzberger Junior High School and West Philadelphia High School are p…