Book Review: Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado


Author: Linda Tirado Title: Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America Narrator: Linda Tirado Publication Info: New York : Penguin Audio, p2014. Summary/Review: Tirado writes and narrates this extended essay on the poor in United States, unflinchingly and wryly explaining why the poor do the things the do and how both right-wing and left-wing  stereotypes of…

Walk for Hunger 2009


It’s time again for one of my favorite events of the year, Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger. I’ll be walking with my wife Susan and son Peter.  At least one of us has participated every year since 2004.  This year will be the first time all three of us will walk together as family.  It…

Book Review: New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg


Following up on Ric Burns’ New York, I read New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg (2007) edited by one of the stars of that series Marshall Berman and Brian Berger. This collection of essays looks back with some nostalgia and some disgust at the City in the 70s, 80s, & 90s.  For most of…

Movie Review: New York: A Documentary Film by Ric Burns


New York: A Documentary Film is an 8-part film made by Ric Burns that debuted on PBS in 1999 (except for episode 8, which is from 2003).  Thanks to Netflix, I’ve finally seen this epic documentary about my ancestral homeland and one of my favorite cities. Ric Burns’ style is similar to his brother Ken…

Two Commentaries on Immigration


“It is just so difficult to think that they don’t want us” in Larry James’ Urban Daily written in response to a municipal law requiring proof of citizenship from tenants. Supporters of the ordinance claim that these hard working, undocumented families use up the scarce resources of the community, including public education and health care….

Update on Walk for Hunger 2007


As previously mentioned back in February I will be participating in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger for the fourth consecutive year in just about two & a half weeks on Sunday May 6. Due to some incredibly generous donations by a handful of sponsors I’ve already reached my original goal. On the one hand I’m…

Movie Review: Dark Days


Legends are told about the Mole People who live in tunnels under New York City with fantastic and sensational details such as rival clans of Mole People who dine on rats and may even have taken on mole-like features. British filmmaker Marc Singer’s film Dark Days takes a more humanistic approach to documenting the lives…

An Assemblage of Assorted Articles


Once again I’ve read and collected news articles and blog posts that are worth sharing but have absolutely nothing to connect them together except maybe that they teach us something interesting. Enjoy! The Boston Globe contains a story from AP about a Maine man announcing for president — as Thomas Jefferson. From the Christian Science…

Anyone Have a Tissue?


Stories like this one from the Boston Globe really make we want to weep. Not even homelessness deterred 9-year-old’s devotion to school. “School is about learning, and learning is a special way to know what you’re supposed to do,” Brenda said yesterday. “And this is why I like school: You know lots of lessons and…

Walk For Hunger 2007


I’m kicking off my fund raising drive for this year’s Walk for Hunger. I just sent this email to my family and friends and think maybe I can get some more support through the blogosphere. “On Sunday, May 6, I will be participating in Project Bread’s 39th Walk for Hunger. This will be the fourth…