A Family Grieves: Tragedy underlines Worcester’s unique place in the world

Worcester Magazine (Dec. 1999)  We are a transient society; a nation of corporate gypsies rarely stopping in one place long enough to learn our neighbor’s names. That’s the conventional view of America at the Millennium. This past week, the country learned that, despite what the book title says, Worcester is not America, at least not […]

Parent Abuse in Economy Class

As published in The Jakarta Post & other Asian papers (1995) LOS ANGELES — A middle seat in the back of the plane. Not one of my favorite places at the best of times. A squirming 11-month old on my lap made it particularly enjoyable. My wife, six months pregnant, was stuck in the absolute […]

Is America Out to Lunch? (The New York Times)

The New York Times, Aug. 30, 1988 SARASOTA, Fla. — What happened, America? You used to work so well. For a decade, in my travels as a foreign correspondent, I wrestled with telephones and plumbing in godforsaken corners of the world, wistfully recalling the American efficiency I’d left behind. Did I have an idealized memory […]