“Fresh Pots!”

The summons echoes through the house at 9 a.m. Whoever rises from their slumber first is tasked with brewing the pot of coffee for the rest of the house, most often accompanied with the famous borrowed phrase. The rest of the house is resurrected from their beds, hungover and curmudgeonly. The hot, earthy cups of…

Sidewalk Badminton

They play without a net. Keeping score doesn’t really seem to be of interest; when the birdie hits the pavement, they laugh and smile, pick it up and resume their unobstructed volley. The thwump of the shuttlecock and twang of nylon strings picks up right where it left off. They stand by the Cooper Union…

A Toothpaste Suburb: An Album for People

  Within the past five years, music has shifted more than it has since the late 80s. Indie rock has experienced a reawakening, kids from middle school into college crave trap music at their parties, and classic hip-hop has all but been extinguished. Here another genre gains heavy traction among this unpredictable cycling of music:…

UK General Election Preview

These international elections are truly a godsend as they allow me to get my mind off of domestic developments from time to time. The UK election, taking place one week from today on June 8th, is particularly compelling and, as it has turned out, uplifting with the possibility of a positive outcome. For unlike Bernie…

Liverpool FC: A Season in Review

Liverpool concluded their Premier League campaign yesterday with a 3-0 home win against relegated Middlesborough, and as a result they secured 4th place in the table and the opportunity to play out a playoff in order to earn a Champions League group stage berth. Given that qualifying for the Champions League was the goal at…

Moving Forward

Recently I was asked to take down one of my most prized pieces of writing, My Failure. It exposed a whole new side of me, and dove into some personal aspects of my life. I laid it all out there, a public journal entry if you will that sparked friends to call or text me…

French Run-Off Preview

After the 1st round of voting took place last Sunday, the centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far-right Marine Le Pen will face off head-to-head next Sunday May 7th to determine who will be the next president of France. To get yourself further up to date, feel free to refer to my post written a few…

French Election: Final Thoughts

We’re a few hours out from polls closing in the 1st round of the 2017 French presidential election. If polls are to be believed, it’s poised to be very close with 4 candidates all in a statistical dead heat in the days leading up to the election. Of the far-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the centrist Emmanuel Macron,…

Thank You, Chuck; In Memoriam of a Legend

Since my earliest memories, music has been the single constant in my life. While it may be difficult to believe, I still remember moving into my first home; a charming duplex on an extraordinarily quaint street in Merrimac, Massachusetts. Mind you, I moved into that house when I was thirteen months old. But, to this…

On Roaches

I found a medium-small one nestled into a small crevice in my can opener, elated as it scampered out into a perfectly good can of Bumble Bee tuna. My lunch became his. I found a medium-sized one — maybe the size of my thumbnail, its exoskeleton miniature but sinister — on my toothbrush, straddling the…