Jack Lambert and My Investigator

Wayne, my investigator, thinks he is being subtle. He insists on escorting me out of a bad neighborhood whenever we finish a crime scene investigation, and he doesn’t realize I can see him lingering down the street as… Read More

On Eli Manning and Pee Wee League Football

Despite the pedigree, Eli Manning of the New York Giants has never inspired much confidence. To me, the startled look in his eyes in this photograph – like that of a 10-year-old Pee Wee league player who has… Read More

Text for Sarzeau Wedding Ceremony

Congratulations to Daniel and Vincent on a beautiful wedding in Sarzeau, France.  My wife presided over the ceremony and, because she had to write down the words in advance so that they could be translated into French, I… Read More

Back From Cape Cod

That’s my brother on the right calling the play.  My wife and daughter are to his right.  My team was much better.

On Public Protests and Traffic in D.C.

I have complained about the tourists.  I have complained about the motorcades.  Today my problem in getting across town from where I was  (Georgetown) to where I wanted to be (D.C. Superior Court) was caused by two different… Read More

Joyriding With Stanny Bum

Many of the rude words and gestures I know today I learned from driving with my father while growing up. I didn’t learn these things from my father, because I never once heard him utter a bad word…. Read More

Two Poems on Snow

Snow I wake, and think so this is how it comes, no thunder, wind, or windstorm’s violence to rend our lower nature, only a presence. Outlines are familiar: light was present yesterday. Without event the miracle is here…. Read More

The World’s Shortest Poem

If Ernest Hemingway can write an entire short story in six words (“For Sale:  Baby Shoes, Never Worn”), the world’s shortest poem must have even fewer words.  In honor of my mother’s 86th birthday today, I nominate something… Read More

No You Can’t

If you had to pick one photograph to capture the impact of Barack Obama’s election on the rest of the world, I think it would be this one. Taken by Ibrahim Usta for the Associated Press, the photograph… Read More

On Dentists and Monkeys: Fifty Years On

This is four or five years ago:  I drive my father to the dentist.  My father has been going to this same dentist for 50 years. The dentist used to clean my teeth. Once, when I was about… Read More