The Fall of Saigon — Forty Years After . . .

Saigon Evacuation

 What a difference 40 years makes! I was a struggling actor/director in New York City, twice divorced and two-and-a-half years sober, when sobbing in a rage I did not understand, I obsessively watched as much news as I could about the Fall of Saigon during April 29th and 30th of 1975. I was glued to the screen of a small B&W TV set in the W. 71st Street apartment of my then actress girlfriend, Barbara. In 1975, there … [Read more...]

A Flâneur On the Road


Recently I learned from my colleague here on ITMF, John Grant, a new term -- flâneur. Since the mid-19th Century, a flâneur is known as a wanderer throughout urban landscapes, who leisurely takes it all in from a somewhat detached point of view, while musing upon the vagaries and ironies of one’s life and experience. From August 25th through October 10th of this year, I was a flâneur on the road in my Miata … [Read more...]

Memorializing Memorial Day


Wikipedia defines Memorial Day as follows: Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.[1] The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May,[2] was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil … [Read more...]

War’s Never-Ending Aftermath

Dennis stares out window

In 1970, British documentary film maker, Michael Grigsby made one of the first films to examine the impact of war on American soldiers recently returned from brutal jungle combat in Vietnam. Entitled I Was a Soldier, the film focuses on Dennis, David and Lamar in their attempts to readjust to “normal” life after a year of combat in bloody Vietnam upon returning home in the barren and desolate Texan hill country near … [Read more...]

2 Poetic Remembrances of 911

1. September 11, 2013, Twelve Years After Twelve, a most significant number Twelve Jacobian elliptic functions and twelve cubic distance-transitive graphs Twelve items in a dozen and a dozen dozens in a gross Twelve cranial nerves in the human body Twelve hours in the a.m. and twelve in the p.m. Twelve days of Christmas and twelve months in a year Twelve signs in both the Western and Chinese … [Read more...]

Another 4th of July In AmeriKa


         And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,  Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there: Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?                                                           Francis Scott Key It’s several mornings after the 4th of July holiday, which … [Read more...]