Monthly Archives: August, 2016

A Fable

The quick, brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. The dog was puzzled by this. He got up and walked over to the fox. “Why did you just do that?” he asked. “Because you were there,” was the fox’s answer. The dog then asked, “Will you jump over me again because now I am here?” […]

Regression to the Mean

Have you ever been embarrassed while sitting in a room by yourself? A few years ago, I had just finished downloading a game called Skullgirls. I’ve been a fan of fighting videogames and the fighting game community (abbreviated as the FGC)  for a long time, and the idea of a game created by community member Mike […]

The Children in the Folders

The most important moment of Dr. Robert Putnam’s presentation “Closing the Opportunity Gap” on July 21st at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts came after he’d already offered his conclusion. During the question and answer session, an audience member asked Dr. Putnam about former presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s plan to make college free. The […]

R2-MVP

I’m sure anyone who’s into Star Wars, and many people who aren’t, know of Kenny Baker’s passing.  I am about as big a Star Wars fan as a person can be.  What is now known as Episode IV was the first movie I ever saw.  If you’d like, I can recite the originally trilogy word […]

This is Why We Say BLACK LIVES MATTER

I awoke this morning to a text message from a friend. It was a screenshot of a post made in a neighborhood Facebook group: The picture was of a black child walking down the sidewalk. He was unaware that he was being photographed, and as of the writing of the post, there’s no way to […]

Responsive Government

My partner’s excellent piece on Hartford’s Downtown North fiasco got me thinking. I want to say from the outset, that I agree with Jamil’s take. The stadium was a bad idea and poorly executed. But, I’m an optimistic sort. I try (unfortunately I often fail, but I try) to find something positive in any situation. […]

There Was Always a Better Plan: The DoNo That Might Have Been

I am not a journalist. I am a writer who loves my city, my neighborhood and the people who inhabit them. Every time I walk past Dunkin’ Donuts Park and glance through the shuttered doors at the manicured, empty field, I feel sadness and anger. The people I love and the neighborhoods we all live in […]

Amazing Performers, Amazing Work in Breakdancing Shakespeare

I’d never seen Romeo hit a B-Boy stance until I entered the practice studio for the Hartford Stage. The unique combination of hip-hop inspired breakdancing and the Bard’s lyrical language are the core of the Hartford Stage’s Breakdancing Shakespeare program. As a celebration of its ten year anniversary, the program is going back to the […]

An After Dinner Drink

                Gail had finished her dinner, but, like always, her father still had food on his plate.  She always got a head start as he never had everything ready when he thought he did.                 “Can I be excused, Daddy?”                 “Don’t you want to stay and talk?”                 “Ugh.  Okay.”                 “That’s not very […]

The Benefit of the Doubt

Let’s try some experiments. First, read the official story of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year old woman who was killed by the Baltimore police on August 1st. If you don’t want to click on the link, here it is: The officers intended to serve arrest warrants on Gaines and a man. Gaines was wanted on a bench […]