High Water Marks

Friends and relatives in Nebraska sent links to the floods they’re currently experiencing. The people we know are lucky enough to have homes that are just slightly above the icy waters, but many of their neighbors are inundated and the cattle are dying in large numbers. There are serious questions about whether or not many … Continue reading High Water Marks

Bite Me

I stopped by a local sports bar this weekend and ordered a burger. I was prompted to do so after listening to a podcast about synthetic meat. Evidently products are already out there and ready for a test drive. I’m not a vegetarian or even much of a peacenik when it comes to industrial agriculture … Continue reading Bite Me


I have what some people might describe as Brooklyn old Jewish lady tendencies when it comes to furniture and fashion – part overwrought pretentiousness and part comfort seeking pragmatism. The Yiddish term ungapatchka comes close to my natural habitat. This is all complimented by a hint of adolescent Puerto Rican enthusiasm for bright colors and … Continue reading Ungapatchka

Memphis Bluff

I was chastised by one of my readers for focusing exclusively on the negative aspects of Memphis without depicting the flowering of some of the historic neighborhoods. Evidently they’re much better now than just a few years ago. So I’ll highlight one of the select spots in town that are currently flourishing after decades of … Continue reading Memphis Bluff

Marsupial Urbanism

Does this landscape look familiar? There are places like this all over the country. Half forgotten neighborhoods populated by vacant parking lots and semi abandoned buildings can be found everywhere. The tide of history has left them behind. People don’t want to live here. Folks with resources can afford to be elsewhere. The more property … Continue reading Marsupial Urbanism