This is my first blog. I've been thinking about doing something like this for many years, but I've always found excuses. Among them: I'm not too comfortable with high technology (never took a programming class, for example); I'm a late bloomer; the plants needed watering.
But now that I have more time on my hands than I want, having been laid off from the job I held for the past ten years, all my excuses are gone.
I'm not sure yet what this blog will center on. Perhaps like many new blogs, it will serve as a forum for whatever is buzzing around my brain at the moment. Such as how to cope psychologically with being laid off after a certain age. Or what it was like growing up in Borough Park, Brooklyn, during the 1950s.
Most likely future subjects will include politics and economics; journalism (especially responses to columnists); food (everybody in my family of four is a foodie); and books.
So let's start with the latter. The three most important books I have read in the past few years are Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America; Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation; and John Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. That should give some sense of my political leanings.
More on this tomorrow. Or next week. See you all then.