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Richard Abrons

The Upside Of Trump

Richard Abrons | Posted 02.15.2017 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

This is the kind of conjecture that annoys Iris even more than my putting on a navy sweater to go with my purple pants. She accuses me of being pro T...

I Am Firmly In My 90s And It's Absolutely Fine

Richard Abrons | Posted 12.19.2016 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

Now that I am firmly in my 90s, I know you are anxiously awaiting a report. I have good news for you; it's fine.

What It Feels Like To Near Age 90

Richard Abrons | Posted 11.05.2016 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

In November I will be 90. This is a busy time for me. This summer and fall have been a time of funerals. Eight in the past four months. They all follow the same pattern, An M.C., religious or not, calls speakers to the podium -- spouse, children, grandchildren, a few friends. I check the crowd, speculate on how mine will compare.

What This Older Man Will Never Forget About Sixth Grade

Richard Abrons | Posted 10.11.2016 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

Sixth grade was a very good year for me. Top of the Lower School at Riverdale Country Day. For sports in the spring we had a baseball league. I was captain of one of the teams, which I named the St. Louis Cardinals, beloved by me ever since they won the world series in 1934.

What I Plan To Do For My 90th Birthday

Richard Abrons | Posted 07.20.2016 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

It is well known that Albert Einstein searched for a unified theory that would explain everything. He never found it. What is not known is that I too have been searching for a unified theory. Not in physics, of course. I almost flunked that at Andover. No, a unified theory that would explain our lives.

What This 89-Year-Old Man Likes To Do All Day

Richard Abrons | Posted 06.22.2016 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

Eighty-nine is not an age you would choose. Too close to the precipice. Yet, on this sunny day in June, I am grateful for the pleasures that lie before me. I have nothing scheduled today. No lunch date, no meetings, no doctors. Iris is playing bridge; I am alone; job and young children belong to bygone times.

Why You And Your Spouse Might Want To Buy Two Teddy Bears

Richard Abrons | Posted 05.22.2016 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

In late March Iris received for her birthday a basket of goodies. It was sent by her kids and grandkids in Los Angeles. Dominating the basket was a white teddy bear which was instantly named Nana Bear, as Iris is Nana to her grandsons.

The Actor President

Richard Abrons | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Richard Abrons

It is unfortunate that Republicans choose the actor President to be their hero.


Richard Abrons | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Richard Abrons

The controversy over Obama's pick for the Supreme Court clearly shows that that body is neither supreme or a court. It is a political arm of whichever...

The Winter of My Discontent

Richard Abrons | Posted 03.29.2017 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

In December, a day before my group lunch, my best friend David Caplan, died. In March, a day before our group lunch, my number two best friend Justin Israel, died. Care to join us?

80 Years Later, I'm Still a Political Junkie

Richard Abrons | Posted 03.16.2017 | Politics
Richard Abrons

Winston Churchill said that "democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." He also said, "the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

Fat Cats and Watch Dogs

Richard Abrons | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics
Richard Abrons

I have a solution to the problem of too much money in politics, including the unleashing of huge amounts of right wing spending resulting from the Cit...

My Best Friend

Richard Abrons | Posted 01.11.2017 | New York
Richard Abrons

I have known David for about 60 years. Only for the last 10 has he been my best friend. Being best friends was something that delighted both of us. We had lunch about once a week and talked on the phone almost every day.

What I Miss Most About Growing Up In The 1930s

Richard Abrons | Posted 12.20.2016 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

In the 1930s, when I was growing up in New Rochelle, aunts and uncles were ever present. Perhaps it was because they lived in the city and wanted a taste of grass and trees. Maybe it was because they were second generation, still partly strangers in a strange land. Whatever, family took precedence.


Richard Abrons | Posted 11.16.2016 | Arts
Richard Abrons

If you asked me what was the one thing I enjoyed most during my childhood, my answer would be reading. Oh, there were lots of other things to enjoy -...

Kim Davis: I Respect Her

Richard Abrons | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Richard Abrons

Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, has gotten herself into an ugly mess. She is being screamed ...

Rotten Justice

Richard Abrons | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics
Richard Abrons

I read about killings, rape and torture in South Sudan, Syria and elsewhere and turn the page. These are terrible things but they are too far away to ...

Why I Am a Liberal

Richard Abrons | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Richard Abrons

When genial Ronald Reagan appeared on the scene to castigate government, a tsunami of conservatism succeeded in making liberal almost a dirty word. I believe that tsunami is spent.


Richard Abrons | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Richard Abrons

My sympathies were strongly for the South. Lee. Jackson, Jeb Stuart, Nathan Bedford Forrrest -- those were my heroes. I even sucked on lemons because Stonewall did. When I was asked why, I said because they tasted good.


Richard Abrons | Posted 06.11.2016 | Religion
Richard Abrons

In my forties, I felt the desire to gravitate to a higher place. I confided my yearnings to a friend who had immersed himself in spiritual endeavors.

Presidents and I

Richard Abrons | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Richard Abrons

In 1940 Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran for a third term against Wendell Wilkie. My father took me, a very politically aware 14-year-old, to a political...


Richard Abrons | Posted 06.27.2015 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

I tell her that I don't want to be a burden and I mean that with all my heart. "You should never have married an older man," I say.

Seeing The Glass As Half Full At Age 88

Richard Abrons | Posted 06.10.2015 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

There is a general principle to growing older. It gets worse. You want to live a long life. Good, but you can't avoid issues. Take my lunch group. Bert has had a stroke; David is legally blind; Mickey uses a walker; Justin is leaning ever more precariously; my joints are aching.

Favorite Things

Richard Abrons | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

Here are a few of my favorite things. Actually, Sound Of Music is one of them. As is Julie Andrews in her prime. From here on I will list them as they occur to me -- not in order of importance or pleasure.

The Childhood Games That Make Us Feel All Nostalgia

Richard Abrons | Posted 04.17.2015 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

Growing up in New Rochelle in the the 1930s, we played games that now are off the map. I wonder if any of my small but hearty band of readers are familiar with them. You'd have to be old and lived in the suburbs. These games took up much of our free time and I remember them with great fondness.