August 2009

What’s in a Name

Most people may not recognize Carl Muscarello by name but are probably familiar with his picture. He’s the sailor kissing the nurse in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic, 1945 photograph on V-J Day in Times Square. However, Carl describes himself as, “an Italian-American kid from Brooklyn, New … Read More

With Passion and Purpose

It’s curious to reflect on three moments in my life that are marked by the same question: Where were you when Kennedy died?

As a high school freshman in New York, I was in the middle of learning some important but long forgotten piece of … Read More


“It’s wrong, man… I feel tremendous hurt behind what happened… I should’ve took the initiative to stop it all… I didn’t step up. I wasn’t a leader.” That was former Atlanta Falcons football star Michael Vick on 60 Minutes apologizing for participating in a dog … Read More

What Would You Do?

Here’s the scenario: You’re an executive at a large, retail store. Company policy clearly tells employees that if they witness any shoplifting, they are not to go after the suspected thief outside the store.

Word comes of a shoplifting event at one of your stores. … Read More

A Steely Kind of Moral Energy

Former Washington Post columnist, teacher and good friend Colman McCarthy wrote the following eulogy about his friendship with Eunice Shriver. I thought it was well worth repeating.
My friendship with Eunice Kennedy Shriver began in 1966, when I bumped into her — literally — during … Read More

Hate Speech

“The summer of 2009 has not been our finest hour.” So wrote Newsweek editor Jon Meacham (Aug. 24) in response to those individuals who have brought Hitler and Nazism into the debate on health care.

There’s political commentary and there’s hate speech and I’m sick … Read More

Weekend at Bernie’s

Right now an eminent TV actor, (an up-and-coming Dustin Hoffman type) is busy researching his role as the lead in the next made-for-cable hit.

No, not “Weekend at Bernie’s III.” It’s “a gripping docu-drama” about the man who out-Ponzied Ponzi entitled “The Man who Made … Read More

The Perfect Storm

“You are trampling on our constitution,” Craig Miller shouted at Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Spector last Tuesday. “This is about the dismantling of this country,” Katy Abram added. “They are talking about killing people,” said Laurel Tobias. The question that kept coming up for me was, … Read More

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.Read More


Every time I look at Emancipation Oak, on the grounds of Hampton University in Virginia, I think of the time I spent talking to students and teachers.

A conversation with Dr. Freddye Davy of Hampton’s Honors College led to her using my What Do You Read More