Notable Notes of Note

Notable Notes of Note

“ Mark, you’ll have your first piano recital at Juilliard in two weeks.” When I was ten years old, my piano teacher was a wonderful young Japanese woman named Mieyae Ogeso. She was kind, patient and endlessly encouraging and was a student at the Julliard School of...
Tween, Teen And In-Between Stories

Tween, Teen And In-Between Stories

“You’ll love it. We have kissing parties all the time. I kissed Annie 40 times.” The summer before I moved to California in 1962, I was eleven years old and was spending June, July and August in our country home in Heath, Massachusetts. My best friend Stevie Wolf’s...
Adventures Across The Pond

Adventures Across The Pond

“It’s not often that you get to pick up your own wife hitchhiking.” My friend David and I were hitchhiking on a gray and rainy November day on the coast of Wales, trying to make our way to a very rural youth hostel when a friendly and jovial young man pulled over and...
The Famous and The Infamous

The Famous and The Infamous

“I Have A Dream!” The first time I tried to stand up against the vast, ongoing (now Trumpian) scourge of American Racism was when I was just 11 years old. On our second 3,000 mile cross country drive with my parents, we stopped in Swathmore, Pennsylvania and got on a...