Tenor Mom

When I first decided to quit my job and become a singer full time, it was not an easy decision.  We had just moved into a new house, and the idea of halving our income seemed dubious.  Nevertheless, my wife refused to let me give up on my dream and, with her full support, I […]

What I Like, According to the Mall

As some of you may have noticed, yesterday was Father’s Day.  This day was set aside in the earlier part of the twentieth century as a day when all U.S. citizens would change their Facebook profile pictures to photos of their fathers, and it has become quite successful.  Unfortunately it always falls on the same […]

The Amazing Gracenotes

So Sunday was my birthday, and yesterday I posted some apparently depressing ruminations on getting older, that I had hoped would maybe be funnier than I guess they were.  So I feel like I need to clarify something.  It’s true that I am not as thrilled with getting older as I once was, but I […]

It’s All Downhill After 25

Yesterday was my birthday.  And I have to admit that I was not really looking forward to it.  This was weird, because I always look forward to my birthdays.  A whole day to celebrate the wonder and majesty that is me?  What’s not to love, right?  Except now, instead of counting down to exciting things, […]

To Edward on His Third Birthday

Hey Buddy,You’re turning three today.  I don’t know if you know what that means yet.  You have alternated all week between telling people that you are two and three, but I wonder if it has sunk in.  I know that you were very jealous two weeks ago when Ruby turned six.  You did not enjoy […]

The Birthday Miracle

After the cupcakes at school, the trip to the chocolate factory, sneaking off with her aunt to get her ears pierced (don’t get me started), and having a generally awesome sixth birthday, Ruby wanted to cap off the day with a dinner at Denny’s.  You can tell we are good parents, because Denny’s is about […]

To Ruby on Her Sixth Birthday

Dear Ruby, Last year, when you turned five, I wrote a letter to you, so that someday in the future you might have some idea about what life was like back during your barely remembered childhood days.  I was trying to think of something equally as cool to do for you this year on my […]

5 Things You Should Know About My Wife

1) She Is Not As Tall As She Thinks She IsIf you ever ask my wife how tall someone is, and she tells you that they are the same height as she is, you can be reasonably assured that they are taller than her.  She often thinks that she and I are the same height, […]

The Bronx Zoo

Saturday was my birthday, and I turned mid-thirties.  Not so bad in the grand scheme of things, but when you still kind of think you are 20, it is a little too old.  Regardless of my personal preference however, time marches on, and this year, like last year, I was away for an opera gig […]

To Edward on His Second Birthday

Dear Edward, Today you are turning two years old.  By the time you are reading this you will have no memory of this day.  In fact, it is one of the challenges we are having in trying to plan a special day for you.  What would you like to do?  What would be exciting for […]