I recently listened to an extraordinary episode of the radio show/podcast called “This American Life.” I am a regular listener and you may be too. But for those unfamiliar with it, the show each week picks a theme and tells stories built around that theme. The reporting is impressive and the story-telling more so. Part … Continue reading Make That Call Today While You Can
I busted Father John’s chops for not wanting to join the rest of us at the shooting range. He took it in stride — as he always has — and just casually lit up his cigarette with the air of a man who’s heard it all before. You see, John dislikes guns and he wasn’t going to … Continue reading Locked and Loaded
As writers and editors, my wife and I have an appreciation for language. That is especially true when we mangle English or misinterpret something. I often quip “words are my life,” especially after I have made a dog’s dinner (a Britishism for a real mess) out of something I was trying to articulate. For supposedly … Continue reading When Words Collide: Fun With Mangled English
As a kid, I’d watch my dad put the can of Barbasol under hot water and then squeeze off a little golf ball-sized foam and spread it on his face. He’d always dab me on the nose with it. Then he would take out his razor, the kind in which he had to add the … Continue reading Cutting It Close With Sal the Barber
You might be a guy if… You feel it is against the laws of nature to make more than one trip into the house from the car after a trip to the supermarket. Gather up all of those plastic shopping bags into two clenched tomato-red fists and get them into the house in one trip … Continue reading You Might Be a Guy If…
This is the latest installment in the About Men Radio Fitness Challenge in which members of the AMR posse have pledged to eat better and adopt a healthier lifestyle in order to lose weight. Chris Mele has this update: My moment of truth arrives on Monday. I go back to see the doctor, who when … Continue reading Weighting For the Moment of Truth
When I was growing up in the Bronx, my friends and I would regularly play “guns.” It was a catchall name for playing Army or cops and robbers. I had at various times a cap gun, a gold-colored pistol that was supposed to shoot little pellets but never really did and a plastic Tommy gun … Continue reading A New Perspective On Guns
Richard Rodriguez offers this update on his progress in the About Men Radio Fitness Challenge: I began tracking my meals, exercise and progress on July 1st and I’m using the Lose It app. It has been an up and down battle. I amazingly lost three to four pounds during the first week probably just due to the … Continue reading Making Some Progress in AMR Fitness Challenge
As part of the About Men Radio Fitness Challenge, About Men Radio contributor Janifer Cheng explains how getting back to nature — and away from processed foods — has benefited her boyfriend. Look for more AMR Fitness Challenge updates coming soon! I grew up with parents who worked all the time. Generally, dinner consisted of … Continue reading Losing 7 Pounds With Home Cooking and Fresh Ingredients
Back at Christmastime, I had a chance to play “Pie Face” with two of my nephews. The game borrows a concept from other games of my childhood like “Don’t Break the Ice” and “Don’t Spill the Beans.” If you are not familiar with “Pie Face,” here is how it works: You stick your face into … Continue reading How Antidepressants Changed My Life
I think I have reached the official “hey-kids-get-off-my-lawn” age. I do not think of myself as being a curmudgeon but I am starting to embrace being curmudgeonly. I revel in the things that annoy me and enjoy being self-righteous about it. So in the best spirit of the late Andy Rooney from “60 Minutes,” here … Continue reading Hey You Kids! Get Off My Lawn!
A recent survey listed the worst job in the country, and for the third year in a row, newspaper reporter was at the top — or the bottom, depending on your view — of the list. As someone who has been in that career for 30 years, I take that kind of news personally. Yes, … Continue reading Marking Labor Day by Recalling the Worst Job in the World
In the spirit of Labor Day, Silvio La Frossia shares his worst job from when he was 23: I worked for three months as a shipping supervisor in a leather hide processing plant. It was a union shop and as a supervisor — a young supervisor — I was faced for the first time overseeing union … Continue reading Silvio’s Worst Job
It was about 10 minutes after leaving the starting line at the Warrior Dash at Pocono Raceway – keeping pace with the top third of my wave of fellow dashers – that I really, really wished I had had a second cup of coffee. I knew there would be a dozen obstacles that included climbing … Continue reading What I Discovered in Conquering the Warrior Dash
I love movies and I am a guy. So I really, really love guy movies. There are a few things that are undisputed that make up a guy movie and one of them is it has to have one or a few memorable quotes. It’s the quote that gets repeated anytime guys get together. I … Continue reading Memorable Guy Movie Monologues
I recently had my annual physical and I was like pffffft….I’ve got this thing in the bag. Heart? Sounded A-OK. Lungs? All clear. Yes, I wear my safety belt. I drink alcohol in moderation. And no, I don’t smoke. I was sailing toward a bill of health cleaner than my mother’s kitchen when… The … Continue reading Can My Doctor Just STFU About My BMI Please?
I’ve got this. I do. Right. Right? It’s the day before I “participate” (read: run, fall down, scrape my knees, get wet, get muddy and fall down some more) in a so-called mud run, this one the Warrior Dash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. For those not familiar with these races, they feature … Continue reading Some Final Thoughts Before My First Mud Run
The younger son left for the start of college Friday morning, making us officially an empty nest. No. 1 son graduated and moved out last year. With the departure of No. 2 son, it means we no longer have to worry about: Lights needlessly being left on in rooms, especially when no one is there. Turning … Continue reading A Bittersweet Farewell to My Younger Son
Quite soon, my stepson and his wife are expecting their first baby. (Spoiler alert: It’s either a girl or a boy.) I’m so over-the-moon excited for them. It harkens me back to the days leading up to the arrival of my first son more than 20 years ago. It was a time filled with excitement … Continue reading What to REALLY Expect When You’re Expecting: The Straight Dope
It is hard to know when I first noticed that my parents were aging. The closer you are to a subject, the more your perceptions are distorted and you don’t see as clearly. For example, my mother and the mother of a childhood friend of mine both grew up in Germany. When I would visit … Continue reading Facing the Reality That Your Parents Are Getting Older
With the encouragement of my childhood friends who make up the About Men Radio crew, I’ve decided to fully embrace the AMR Fitness Challenge. It’s not that I haven’t tried to eat right and exercise. I’ve been working out consistently for nearly 15 years but I would say in the past two or so, I’ve … Continue reading Going Old School to Get Into Shape
New York City’s subway system is a microcosm — or Petri dish, depending on your view — of humanity. Nowhere was this more evident than as I made my way recently from Queens into Manhattan and observed the following all within the span of 40 minutes: * A stranger (a man) helping a woman carry an … Continue reading Stand Up For Good Manners
Note: About Men Radio member Richard Rodriguez wrote this a month ago as we prepared our AMR Fitness Challenge. We’re encouraging all men to do what they can to get themselves in better shape. Here is Rich’s first installment: It is July 1st and I have determined this to be the start of my entry into … Continue reading Weighing in on the AMR Fitness Challenge
An AARP columnist astutely and humorously listed 11 things you should not do when you are beyond 50. Jell-O shots. Trying to break a plank with your head. Crowd surfing. Truthfully, I am not so sure how wise any of those are at ANY age. But it did get me thinking about getting older. So, … Continue reading You Know You Are Older Than 50 When …
Longtime listeners of the podcast know that getting the entire AMR Posse to reach a consensus on anything is quite the achievement so this episode may come as a shock. Father John, Coach Silvio, SuperDad, Mele Mel along with yours truly, El Kaiser, have unanimously agreed that getting healthy should be our top priority for the rest of the year. … Continue reading No More Excuses, It’s Time to Get Healthy
It was 40 years ago today that serial killer David Berkowitz murdered his first victim in the Bronx, the start of a yearlong reign of terror that left New Yorkers both on edge and fixated with what became known as the Son of Sam murders. At the time I was 12 years old. A few … Continue reading Son of Sam Began His Murderous Spree 40 Years Ago Today
I am never alone when I drive. I do a lot of chauffeuring of my kids, but I also spend a lot of time alone behind the wheel and I always have some unseen passengers. In my front console I have a variety of items ranging from pens to Chapstick to an eyeglass cleaning cloth, but … Continue reading When I Drive, the Dead Are Always With Me
You know, as a parent, you can be wracked with self-doubt and anxiety about what kind of job you’ve done raising your kids. Did you instill in them the right values? How do they treat others? Do they respect themselves? Will they only remember the stupid things you did wrong when they were younger? Did … Continue reading The Kids Are All Right. Truly.
Early in July, my wife and I set out for a vacation to New Hampshire and Maine, part of which included plans to go on a moose expedition. As you may recall, I have been on a 30-year odyssey to see a moose in the wild. Three previous attempts – two with a wildlife biologist … Continue reading Another Moose Egg
In this latest episode of About Men Radio shenanigans, Pedro and Chris talk about men’s health — no, not the magazine — but what it takes for men our age to be of sound bodies. (Forget about our minds, those are shot!) Partly the discussion was spurred on by recent medical procedures we both endured … Continue reading Talking Men’s Health
I saw this cartoon shared on Facebook recently and it really made me laugh. It is so the truth in how we as parents end up teaching our children curse words and phrases that in a perfect world we try to protect them from and set a better example. Way before I was even married and had … Continue reading Why the Fuck Is “Fuck” So Overused Today?
Today marks my sixth “Un-Independence Day.” I got married on July 4, 2010, to Meg, who is gorgeous, tall and fiercely, fiercely bright. I was then and continue now to be one lucky guy. Talk about marrying up… The wedding itself was a relatively easy event compared to getting engaged. Meg loves waterfalls and what … Continue reading A July Fourth Wedding: Happy Un-Independence Day!
Say what you want about the Brexit vote and about Donald Trump (and let’s face it, there’s a lot to say about both) but the most important development to arise from the intersection of these two newsmakers was the hilariously inventive invective streamed at Trump during his post-Brexit visit to Scotland. A quick refresher: British … Continue reading Brexit, Trump and the Best Insults Ever
I got a FitBit for Father’s Day, so I am hoping to get a bit fit. For the six of you who have not heard of this electronic geegaw, it is the latest example of better living through technology. It straps to your wrist, and like a watch, it will display the time, but it … Continue reading Getting a Little Bit Fit With My FitBit
Uh oh! What do I do now?! I am faced with a conundrum that took more than 30 years to develop. I am a soccer fan, not only because I played the sport from a very young age, but because as a native Argentine, the religion of soccer is ingrained in my DNA. We worship at … Continue reading A Soccer Fan of Divided Loyalities
For Father’s Day, I thought I would share some of my father’s sayings and pearls of wisdom. As the oldest child, I have been exposed to these the longest of my siblings and thus they are part of my DNA. What follows is a blend of Borscht Belt kitsch and Old World philosophy. Think of … Continue reading The World According to My Dad
As fathers, we hardly lead the lives of television characters such as “Father Knows Best,” “Leave It to Beaver,” or “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” Unlike television characters, our parenting efforts lack a script. We make it up as we go along, drawing on what experiences we recall from our parents. The results are far … Continue reading Father’s Day Roundtable
“All kings should have scars.” That was what Queen Cersei said to her son Joffrey, who was soon to become king on “Game of Thrones.” As hated as both of those characters were by fans, I have to agree. Scars are reminders of a battle, won or lost, that have left their mark. Scars have … Continue reading How a Symbol of Love and Loyalty Saved My Finger
Traveling with a teenage daughter is an experience. Traveling with me is no picnic either. I am no world-class traveler by any measure, and I get so nervous and anxious going through TSA security at the airports that on a recent trip I was stressing over my belt, shoes, jacket and my quart bag of … Continue reading My Travel Travails With a Teenage Daughter
An Instagram account called “miserable_men” documents the silent suffering that is the scourge of all men: Shadowing their wives or girlfriends as they go shopping. You know the scene I am talking about, or perhaps you have lived this nightmare yourself. Your significant other wants you to go shopping at the mall, which means you … Continue reading Men Who Are Miserable, Join the Fight Against Shopping!
This sure as heck is not your father’s economy or job market. Gone are the days when a person could expect to start, stay and retire from the same company after 30 or more years of service. You are likely to switch jobs any number of times as opportunities — and companies — ebb and … Continue reading We’ve Got About as Much Job Security as a “Game of Thrones” Character
A scene in the movie “London Has Fallen” features the president and his trusted Secret Service agent, whose wife is pregnant with their first child. The agent asks the president for advice about fatherhood and parenting. You just need to keep two things in mind, the president replies: Teach your kid the Golden Rule and … Continue reading Got Passion?
What does Friday the 13th mean to you? For many people I’m sure it represents some superstitious beliefs about the number 13, bad luck and ominous happenings on this day that can possibly occur three times a year. For many people who are fans of a certain movie genre, it is a cause to celebrate … Continue reading Jason Lives! Celebrating “Friday the 13th” in Its Hometown
Just because Pedro and I are men does not mean we can explain everything about what our gender does. Take for instance “mansplaining,” the way men will insert themselves into a conversation and talk to a woman like she was a 4-year-old and the man was the Great Wizard of Oz. Or at least that … Continue reading “Mansplaining?” Let Us ‘Splain It to You
A sign in our kitchen reads: “If it walks out of the refrigerator, let it go.” I cannot for the life of me imagine why that sign is there. Ahem. Ever since my wife and I first got together, my cooking and eating habits (lack thereof and abundance of, in that order) have been the source … Continue reading Microwaved Coffee and Other Food Fails
There has not been this much news coverage and public conversation about penises since Anthony Weiner’s campaign for New York City mayor flamed out over some too-revealing selfies. Donald Trump’s allusion to his manhood — in no less a setting than a Republican presidential debate — and Hulk Hogan’s recently concluded trial against Gawker (“Hulk Hogan lied about … Continue reading A Visit to the Penis Museum
In an article from September of last year, AMR posse member Chris detailed his personal crisis of faith. In the post he explains why he drifted away from his faith and acted on his growing indifference toward the Church’s teachings about the existence of God, Jesus Christ and the ceremonial trappings of Catholicism. On this episode of … Continue reading Some of That Old-Time Religion
Seeing Verizon workers on strike picketing outside company offices made me think about 1971. My dad was working for what was then New York Telephone Company (this was years before the breakup of AT&T into the “Baby Bells”) and the union he belonged to, the Communications Workers of America, went on strike. It ended up … Continue reading The Verizon Strike, Men and Job Insecurity
Young men coming of age in the 1980’s in New York City was an amazing time, with many stories to tell. One of my favorites takes place at our go-to club, The Ritz, where many bands of the time were heard and good times were had. 1984: We show up at the club to see … Continue reading Remembering Prince in Concert in New York City
It’s hard to make a good male friend. When I was younger, I used to have many friends and I was able to say anything to them and laugh about everything with them. But as I’ve gotten older, it’s been harder to make a good friend. I almost thought I never would again. Then Selman came along. I … Continue reading Making Male Friends Is Not Easy
During our get-together in Florida, we recreated some poses from photos from 30+ years ago. Here they are. Amazing. We’ve not changed a bit.
We here at About Men Radio are nothing if not a full-service podcast and website. We invited readers and listeners to submit their most burning questions about men and some of our peculiar behaviors. Among the questions put to us: Jacqueline Damian: Why can men never find anything in the house? Why do so many … Continue reading You Wondered, We Answered
I recently tried one of those newly popular “escape room” attractions and let’s just say Houdini I am not. If you enjoy puzzles, thinking on your feet and working with others under pressure, you will have a thrilling time. With its hidden clues and riddles to solve, being in an escape room is like playing … Continue reading Escape Room Escapades
Wish happy birthday to About Men Radio! We turn 2 today (which is appropriate considering our behavior)! if you’ve not checked out our podcasts or read our blogs, today is a great day to get started and to get caught up. Go ahead, and have a piece of cake on us!
There is a memorable story told about my late fiancée and her son that goes like this: Garth was in his 20s and headed out for a night on the town. He was primping himself in front of a mirror. His mother, (my late fiancée), Carla said something to him and he cracked wise or … Continue reading On Being a Dad and Facing an Empty Nest
Arleen’s finger was aimed straight out. She held it somewhere around her cheek to emphasize her point. “You know if you don’t do this, she will come back and haunt you every day of your life.” We were in a waiting room at Horton Hospital in Middletown, N.Y., and my fiancée Carla had fallen into … Continue reading “I Am Dead”
What is wrong with this picture? As far as I can tell, nothing. But try telling that to some of the trolls who came out and criticized the photo — specifically how actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler were posed. According to mic.com, the photo, which appeared in Vanity Fair, prompted comments like these: … Continue reading What Is Wrong With This Picture?
A refrain in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz” has Judy Garland singing wistfully: “Why, oh why can’t I?” It is something that I hear in my own head (minus the singing) when I confront self-image issues related to my workouts. For the past 14 years, I have been a dedicated exerciser, … Continue reading A New Me
The About Men Radio posse recently got together for the first time as a group since 1985. Thankfully, the intervening decades have not changed us: Stupid jokes, endless ball-busting and side-splitting laughing were all the rage for our get-together. Here then is an array of the photos from our get-together, with my snarky captions.
My daughter turned 20 today. So many feelings and memories surround the writing of that sentence. I had to stop a second because my eyes started sweating a little. I have many wonderful thoughts of being able to be that larger-than-life presence in her life. I was, and still am, the daddy. Although my role … Continue reading How I Survived My Daughter’s First Concert (and Mosh Pit)
We love About Men Radio posse member John O’Connell, aka Father John. For the 40-plus years that I’ve known John, he has always been a night owl, not a morning lark. As kids, he would be getting to bed at a time that I would be into my fifth hour of sleep. As an adult, John likes … Continue reading Do You See a Pattern…Zzzzzzz
Don’t be fooled by the seemingly negative title of this week’s episode. We are celebrating the bonds of wedlock, not tearing them down. All of the posse members have jumped the broom, with varying degrees of success, and during our recent summit at the AMR Central Florida Command Center, we had a frank and probing … Continue reading Some Marriages Age Like Fine Wine, Others Turn to Vinegar
Say what you want about Robert Crawley (aka Lord Grantham on “Downton Abbey”), but for all of his formal wear and and fussy lifestyle, he’s at heart a guy’s guy. I can hear a collective “Say what!?” But hear me out. For so long, the concept of a “guy’s guy” has been seen as someone whose … Continue reading How Lord Grantham Is a Guy’s Guy
For me, fear is an invisible emotional or mental “weakness” that I have historically refused myself permission to give in to. My attitude has long been that it’s an effort of will: You can push through fear and pretend it’s not really there. But I learned something recently that turned that line of thinking on … Continue reading Taking Fear to New Heights
The series finale of “Downton Abbey” is Sunday night but that does not mean the characters do not carry on with their lives. Here is a glimpse of what happened with some of the major players post-DA: Mrs. Patmore: Moved to Nevada where brothels are legal, and opened her own house of ill repute, Patmore’s … Continue reading Life After “Downton Abbey” For Its Characters
I have a very interesting relationship. I’m an American with a German girlfriend. Not only that, but I now live in Germany. Maya and I met in Manhattan in 2007 – she was an au pair – and I decided to move to Germany in 2013. Over the years, I have flown over the Atlantic … Continue reading The Words to Avoid When Fighting With Your Wife or Girlfriend
It is not every day that the entire About Men Radio posse gets together. In fact, it took a bit of carbon-dating to determine that the last time Silvio, Rich, Pedro, John and I were all in the same room together was 1985! It is almost hard to believe that it has been that long … Continue reading Getting by With a Little Help From Our Friends
I’ve always been pretty good at making friends in school and work, but none of those relationships are as close as the ones that I have with my About Men Radio posse. As I look back, Pedro and I worked together in two different jobs as did Pedro and Chris. Chris and I worked together … Continue reading Getting the Band Back Together
Men, how many of you have male friends? I mean close friends — not just co-workers, a brother-in-law or virtual friends on Facebook. And I don’t mean your “bros” with whom you might watch a game once in a while. I mean flesh-and-blood friends whose numbers you have programmed on your phone and who you … Continue reading Friends Fill a 14-Year Void in My Life
In my youth, going out after school down the block or to the park was where we met up with our friends. Even kids we just met, after a spirited game of war, or tag or anything else, those new acquaintances became friends. Through my childhood years, I migrated back and forth between the Bronx … Continue reading Friendships That Endured Through Moves and Time
I was deeply unnerved by what I read but I could not deny the truth of it: A significant number of men have no close male friends they can turn to for help or advice. An article in The Telegraph also suggests making close friends as adults is rare, and for some guys, almost impossible. … Continue reading ‘I Love Them Like Brothers’
Recently I read an article from the UK on how “2.5 million men have no close friends.” Fifty percent of them have two or less friends, while 1 in 8 said they have no close friends they could to turn to in times of need. This really piqued my interest, especially when thinking of my … Continue reading Modern-Day Man and His Lack of Friends
Let’s be honest: What man – or woman for that matter – does not have a Hollywood heartthrob for whom he or she does not secretly carry a torch? Call them what you will: Models. Hunks. Starlets. Celebrities. My late fiancée had a name for the actors she got hot and bothered about: She said … Continue reading Pussycat List
Among my buddies busting chops is an art. While these exchanges are teasing in nature, they do not take the form of malicious putdowns or “snaps” such as “Your mother is so dumb, she takes an hour to make minute rice.” No, our repartee has roots in the expression: “Do a good job and you won’t … Continue reading Busting Balls as an Art Form
My wife and I talk often about life and how, in an instant, it can be randomly snuffed out. A driver blows through a red light and runs into another car. An undiagnosed medical condition takes the life of a young man. A freak accident at home kills an infant. Maybe it’s because Meg and … Continue reading “Remember, Thou Art Mortal”
With the news today that Mattel is updating its line of Barbie dolls to be more diverse and realistically representative of the population at large, I bring you these updates on popular boys’ action figures from yesteryear: * Action Jackson: Now in his late 60s, AJ ain’t getting any action without the help of a … Continue reading Action Figures of the 60s and 70s: Where Are They Now?
I confess. Seeing the new issue of The New Yorker, crumpled up and stuffed into my mailbox each week, never fails to give me a legitimate thrill. I look forward to shutting out the cacophony of my New York City commute by diving into the venerable magazine’s essays, fiction, satire, and cartoons. I grew up loving magazines. … Continue reading In Defense of Cosmo
As a kid there was always one day a month that mom served us liver. My dad loved it with onions. I preferred mine back at the store — in the frozen food aisle. During the ‘60s and early ‘70s we lived in the Castle Hill housing projects in the Bronx. Pretty much all of your … Continue reading Liver: It’s What’s (Ick!) for Dinner
Maybe by now you’ve heard of this movie called “The Revenant.” It’s gained a fair amount of notice after being nominated for 12 Oscars (including best picture, best actor and best director) and after it won three awards at the Golden Globes. “The Revenant” – a reference to a person who has returned, especially from … Continue reading Why ‘The Revenant’ Is Not Worthy of an Oscar
Dear Ms. Fisher: I feel I owe you an apology. And while I say this speaking strictly for myself, I suspect there is a wider swath of men who might feel the way I do. You recently came under attack by social media trolls who criticized you for — gasp! — having the temerity to … Continue reading An Open Letter of Apology to Carrie Fisher
The start of the mega-hit Let’s Talk About Sex begins with at least one of the band members expressing concern about the controversial topic of their song. Keep in mind, this was way back in 1991 and mentioning bumping uglies in a pop song was still very much frowned upon. Their concern was not surprising and probably part of a … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Sex
The next thing I knew I was knocked down to the dirt and panic filled me… This is what I felt in 1992 at the Lollapalooza music festival in Waterloo Village in Byram, N.J., as the headlining band The Red Hot Chili Peppers began their set. I had been at the traveling music festival all day … Continue reading Get Up or Die: Surviving a Trampling at a Rock Concert
Captain Ahab had Moby Dick. Wile E. Coyote had the Road Runner. And Elmer Fudd had that wascally wabbit. My quarry for 25 years has been a moose. Not one in particular, just ANY moose. And for the record, not to spear, eat or shoot, but to merely glimpse one of these magnificent creatures in … Continue reading No Moose, No Peace
The debate is on and we need your input! All of the members of the About Men Radio posse have now seen the latest installment in the “Star Wars” franchise, “The Force Awakens,” but there are shades of disagreement about how TFA ranks compared to the previous six installments. As you will hear in in … Continue reading We Need Your Opinon: Which “Star Wars” Movie Is the Best of the Seven?
How hardcore a “Star Wars” fan are you? Well, if – and only IF – you have seen the newest SW Episode VII movie, “The Force Awakens,” should you take this quiz. (There are spoilers ahead…) Let’s see if you are a Jedi master or merely a scruffy nerf heder. For answers, scroll all the way … Continue reading Are You Ready to Take Our “The Force Awakens” Quiz?
This quiz, compiled by John O’Connell, will test your knowledge of the “Star Wars” books, movies, cartoons and games. (For answers scroll all the way to the bottom.) 1. Who restored balance to the Force? 2. What was the name of Queen Amidala’s planet that she ruled? 3 . What elephant-like armored tanks were on … Continue reading Know “Star Wars” Think You Do? This Quiz Shall You Take!
I wish I could say I was blown away by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Instead I was — and this is going to sound odd — delighted with it. You know that feeling you get putting on a favorite pair of broken-in jeans or when you look forward to a favorite cousin or uncle … Continue reading “The Force Awakens” Is a Source of Great Comfort
Since it debuted not quite 40 years ago, “Star Wars” has held a special place in my childhood-stunted heart. I can remember my mother, who was not exactly what you would call an avid fan of pop culture much less science fiction, telling me that she heard of this movie that I might like to … Continue reading “Star Wars” Destroyed My Childhood Bed
As a Star Wars parent, you want to do everything you can to keep your kids from experimenting with the prequels. Repeated viewing of the Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith may not be an epidemic, but the impact on American society is staggering. Don’t let your kids fall under the … Continue reading A Very Special Message From About Men Radio
A co-worker said that she never saw any of the movies or cartoons. This conversation gave me an idea for this blog post. So, a recap for all of you who haven’t seen any of the movies or cartoons or have read the books or played the Star Wars video games, you may have heard … Continue reading A Recap of “Star Wars” With a Biblical Interpretive Twist
They aren’t just movies. As Chris and I discuss on this episode of About Men Radio, the original Star Wars trilogy continues to be an important part of our lives and a cultural touchstone for the entire AMR posse. While Chris has gone “all in” and is already set to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens multiple times … Continue reading Unbreak my Heart, J.J. Abrams
When I read that a former colleague of mine, Germain Lussier, had interviewed Harrison Ford – among other leading lights from the new “Star Wars” movie – I could not think of a more worthy person to celebrate such a professional milestone. I knew Germain from my time as an editor at The Times Herald-Record … Continue reading A “Star Wars” Fan’s Dream Comes True!
Note: Today marks the third anniversary of the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., which took 27 lives. I wrote this column when I was executive editor at the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pa. It appeared in the paper on Dec. 27, 2012. Weeks before the mass murders made Newtown, Conn., a household name, we had planned … Continue reading Remembering the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings in Newtown
I am invisible. You cannot see me. You cannot smell me. And, apart from my growling stomach, you cannot hear me. I am dressed in camouflage, covered in scent-killing spray, perched about 17 feet off the ground in a tree stand near the Delaware State Forest in the Poconos woods of Pennsylvania. It’s late October … Continue reading A-Hunting I Will Go…
When my daughters were in grade school we had an incident at the bus stop one morning. It seemed that one of them took it upon themselves to wear her sister’s shoes and when her sister saw them on her feet, a knock- down drag-out fight ensued at the bus stop. They were screaming and … Continue reading Shoe Fight!
It was nine years ago today that my fiancée Carla died. The weeks immediately after her death were a blend of profound sorrow and emptiness. Carla, who led a colorful and sometimes pain-filled life, used to joke: “Growth experiences are a bitch.” Yeah, that about described it. Looking back on those early months after her death opens … Continue reading Man in Mourning: Where Do You Put the Pepsi and the Pain?
Editor’s note: Meg McGuire, wife of About Men Radio contributor Christopher Mele, offers this recollection of working at a retail clothing store at the Reading, Pa., outlet malls on Black Friday many years ago. The wrinkle? She didn’t know it was Black Friday. When I returned from England all those years ago in October with … Continue reading A Mad Rush for Bras and Panties
The older you get, the closer your mortality appears to be gaining on you in your rear-view mirror. Once you cross the threshold of 50, you’ve lived enough of life to have experienced some losses personally, seen others who have suffered them or just simply are more aware that no one gets out of here … Continue reading No One Gets Out of Here Alive
Having spent a week in May in the San Francisco Bay area, I have these observations to report: * The weather is consistently cool and comfortable. * The locals are unfailingly polite and helpful. * Colorful flowers grow easily and in abundance. * The restaurants are diverse and the food is fresh and flavorful. * … Continue reading I Worship at the Church of Dunkin’ Donuts
I remember the date well because I still have the hospital discharge paperwork. My first wife and I were living in Saranac Lake in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. She was a teacher and we became good friends with her school principal and his girlfriend (later to be wife). Christine was an artist who lived in … Continue reading I Crack Myself Up