Archive for June 2013

My peanut Henry and peanuts

My peanut Henry and peanuts
Tonight, Henry Donaldson Dahl will be spending the night alone with Grandma J and Grandpa Steve.  This is a first. I am excited and know we will have a swell time. I have been preparing for this: I bought a life jacket so we can swim.  Mother Nature is trying to foil me by dropping... Read more »

18 Years from the Last Shot and a Beer

18 Years from the Last Shot and a Beer
  18 years ago, a blurry eyed and hung over Steve Dahl put down his Jack Daniels and beer.  He had a concert at Navy Pier, and his boys (14,12,10) were there to see him. Dress rehearsal had been stressful. He was working with Brian Wilson, a legend and hero.  His friend Joe Thomas was... Read more »

Janet and the Mob

Janet and the Mob
It was  a sunny afternoon, in July of 1975.  I spruced myself up and headed out for a job interview at Bloomfield Hills Junior High. I had taught high school English for three years in Royal Oak, and loved every moment of it.  However, the school’s funding was perpetually soft, and I had been pink... Read more »
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The Interestings

The Interestings
I have just finished an amazing book by Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings.  The one sentence synopsis would read “six teenagers meet at a creative arts camp, and their friendship sustains them for the next four decades.” That is grossly inadequate. The kids who huddle in a teepee at 15 declare themselves The Interestings, and set... Read more »

Pilgrimage to the Motor City

Pilgrimage to the Motor City
I am moments from sliding behind the wheel and heading to what was once my home- the beleaguered Detroit area. My parents were both born and raised within the city.  It was much like the South Side.  People identified with a parish rather than a neighborhood.  They were Gesu. Trees were big, homes were Tudoresque... Read more »