Better Made of Wood than Plastic: Boardwalks

Certain things are better made of wood than plastic. I don’t know why this notion occurred to me, but I made a list. One of the items on the list was a Jersey Shore boardwalk. After hurricane Sandy, which tore New Jersey limb from limb, boardwalks were being rebuilt up and down the Shore. A few years later, I was down in Belmar, walking on that town’s newly restored beachside promenade. I was dismayed to…

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January 1, 2021

I’ve been hoodwinked by new years before. There was one in particular that really put one over on me. I was jubilant at the dawn of that new year. I had the highest hopes for my new band in that year. I envisioned great things. There were some great things, but none that I anticipated. Amid the suffering and tragedy that materialized ceaselessly, my definition of great things or good fortune mutated to what could…

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