It’s Only a Lawn Sign (Well, Perhaps Much More)

It’s Only a Lawn Sign (Well, Perhaps Much More)

NOVEMBER 3, 2020, CounterPunch.org With quarrels raging over disappearing campaign lawn signs, rattled American liberals may now appreciate how being ‘a minority’ feels. Desecration and theft of lawn signs in support of Republicans or Democrats are reported in many American…

Just Another Spring in Progress?

Just Another Spring in Progress?

APRIL 24, 2019, Counterpunch.org My corner of New York’s Catskill Mountains is shortly due to explode in green. Today however, it’s brown, beige, russet and auburn:– a wrapping of spindly trunks with naked branches cascading uphill draws my eyes to…

My Unwelcoming Spring

MARCH 30, 2016, CounterPunch.org Until I caught sight of those Merganser ducks darting up the river, I was trusting on a late winter. I admit: this lingering hope is less a concern over global warming that my profound affection for…

Christmas Eve in the City That Never Sleeps

DECEMBER 31, 2015, CounterPunch.org The city that never sleeps? Well, this Christmas Eve New York is defying that moniker. Although the metropolis may awaken after midnight, it’s presently deserted. Park and Fifth Avenues twinkle on through the evening while their…

McDonalds at 96th Street

NOVEMBER 23, 2015, CounterPunch.org Not to be outdone by the Eastsiders’ “92nd Street Y”, Manhattan’s Westside has its own popular cultural center: McDonalds at 96th Street. A sunny autumn day in New York City, perfect for a stroll along Upper Broadway. Before…

April: Promising and Annoying April

APRIL 8, 2015, CounterPunch.org April is a difficult month in northeastern US. By difficult, I mean it’s annoying and at the same time promising. Promising because it marks the end of winter’s discomforts. Yet real comfort and signs of new…