The Home Stretch

Andrew Ciofalo
Final thoughts, personal and observational, of an octogenarian who sees the light at the end of the tunnel.
Created 12 Apr 2021
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  • Flash fiction
    23 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    WHEN? For some strange reason he bounced out of bed at his usual 7 a.m. without a pain in his slightly arthritic joints. He even felt light in his slippers and he practically breezed through the front...
  • If you can’t avoid the volcano
    20 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Mount Pinatubo was finally at rest -- at least that's the assumption most Americans made several years ago when the Philippine volcano disappeared from the headlines and TV newscasts. It reappeared oc...
  • Three cat nights
    16 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    I vaguely remember sitting at his kitchen table in Mahwah, New Jersey, telling my brother Tom how much I hated cats. But here was my brother telling me that his future second wife was a cat lover. I p...
  • America: exit stage right
    15 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    In my last installment on monopolarism, I made an assertion about America’s decline: “If there ever was an opportunity for true world peace, the Americans blew it in a surge of capitalistic greed. The...
  • The end of the monopolar world
    13 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    This installment is not written to convince. It is a window into the thinking and memory of a fairly well educated person at the age of 86. It is an exercise in discovering where I now stand in a life...
  • Restoring the secular republic
    09 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 0 2
    The breakdown of secularism as the guiding principle of democratic governance was never more evident than In today’s Europe and its prime example’, The French Republic. Liberty, equality and fraternit...
  • Dems need a 2024 candidate
    06 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 0 1
    The debacle in Virginia shows how vulnerable the Democrats are. Out of touch. Stuck on Trump. Few new ideas. Playing into the GOP culture war tactics. Bill Maher has said it over and over again. The G...
  • Life’s romantic path
    02 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    1941- INGLORIOUS Her name was Gloria. Falling blond curls framed her 6-year-old face. She sat under the only tree in the play area at the Rye Boartding School in Westchester, NY. She refused to look a...
  • The Muse in the News
    24 Oct 2021 • 26 min read
    The title for this essay is an apt borrowing from a headline under which on August 1, 1993 Washington Post political reporter David Von Drehle lamented the loss of the poet in him. Though some dispass...
  • Remember when #8…
    11 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Remember when most cars came with whitewall tires? Remember when the Mayflower donut shops preceded Dunkin Donuts and featured the motto: “Don’t lose sight of your goal; keep your eye on the donut and...
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