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Stanley Ely
A native of Dallas, Stanley Ely is a graduate of Northwestern University (1953), and spent two years as an enlisted man in the U.S. Army. His first job in New York (1957) was at Young & Rubicam, and he later worked in international marketing, then, after leaving business, taught (1969) at New Rochelle High School until 1989.

Since then, he has published numerous articles and five books, both fiction and non-fiction. (Details on his website). His new book, Life Up Close, a Memoir, will be out soon from Dog Ear Publishing. It contains 23 personal essays on family, friends, travel, food, religion and several personal photos.

He volunteers as a writing coach at a local high school and to seniors at a local community center.

His blog can be found at

Entries by Stanley Ely

It Won't Last

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2016 | 4:48 PM

I've lived within the radius of a couple of blocks on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for half a century. That, I figure, provides me with a sharp view of the neighborhood, its sturdiness, its changes.

This part of New York City is traditionally known as the "Silk Stocking"...

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Gay Men's Book Groups

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 3:53 PM

The New York Times recently unlocked a secret: not only do men read books, they form book groups -- groups for men who read books!

The newspaper covered some such groups, in different cities, including a gay men's book group in Manhattan more than two years old (and that I've...

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In the Air

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 3:36 PM

The world is populated with enough people who love to fly, even attempt daring missions, that they have no cause to object to those inclined to stay grounded. People like me.

That predilection of mine emerged when I was around age six. My mother delivered me for half a Saturday...

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Traveling, or Not

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 1:36 PM

I ran into George on the street, a friend who lives in my building. The terrorist attacks in Brussels were raw, and he told me that he had collapsed into tears when he heard the news that evening. "I was in that city for a conference just last year," he...

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Spinning Around

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 11:17 PM

A friend of mine recently installed a screen saver on my laptop computer. Whatever appears on the screen for more than a couple of minutes kindly bows and exits.

That conserves energy, which I like. You'll find me turning the faucet and using the least amount of water for teeth...

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Updating Time

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 5:15 PM

I spoke on the phone to a friend in Texas. "You ought to get a copy of the current 'New Yorker' Magazine," I told him. "Your state got a good notice for once." (This was only partly true; the story was of a black man falsely accused of a crime,...

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Goodbye, Hello

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 7:36 PM

Here it is that time of year again. Why don't they slow down? They don't slow down; they speed up.

I'm one who takes account of a year that is ending. This year I recorded several goodbyes and, happily, a few hellos.

Goodbye, more or less, to the New York...

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What It's Really Like To Turn 83

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 4:18 AM

Exactly three years ago, my uncle Morris passed away in Dallas at age 103 plus a few months. He never expected to live that long -- does anyone? But he did, and was alert until his very final days.

This happened just as I was giving myself an 80th birthday...

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The Happy Poor

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 1:22 PM

My young friend Raul (not his real name) came to the USA departing the Dominican Republic five or six years ago, leaving some relatives behind and knowing little English. As with many boys like him, Raul emigrated for "better opportunities" here. And as with many other immigrant youngsters, he faced...

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Early Frost

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 1:05 PM

I disappointed myself in a way by cancelling a summer trip (too demanding physically), but no small compensation came this month with a getaway to Massachusetts and then Maine in the company of a niece.

That lady is a writer and medical doctor who lives in a suburb of Boston...

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Trip to the Vet

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 5:21 PM

About two years overdue, I took my cat Amy last week for a check-up at the vet's. That delay was not because of the probable cost (which proved as expected to be three figures--this is Manhattan, after all). It wasn't because of the distance, since the clinic is an eight-minute...

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Boston Symphony Orchestra: Musicians and Helpers

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 4:30 PM

"They're on fire," stated the Boston University music professor, a man who has heard countless recitals and is not given to overstatement. Those whom he uncharacteristically found on fire were the hundred-plus musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (known as the BSO). The time was mid-August. The place was Tanglewood,...

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Field Trip

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 2:59 PM

Our quartet is made up of two men and two ladies, ages ranging from early fifties to early eighties. No one really young, nobody senile (as far as one can tell). I am one of the two male members and the oldest of the band (no novelty).

We are a...

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Aunt Bessie's Pickles

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 5:00 AM

Most likely no one else is going to write about Aunt Bessie, so I will.

Bessie was married to one of my dad's brothers, in Texas of course, and she was what she was, a woman without pretense. Some took that as being a little simple, but not me. It...

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A Real Smart Phone

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 11:12 AM

The subject of this matter comes with a little screen that announces the time, date, and how many calls you missed (if you care). It flashes names of people calling, so don't answer if you want to avoid the guy selling the latest Caribbean trip or a new vacuum cleaner.

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Study Time

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 3:11 PM

If you're scouting for summer reading, the book of "Ecclesiastes" does not jump out as a first choice. Still, it is what a study partner and I undertook over several recent weeks. My partner, Josh, as I'll call him, is the latest of three or four students from a well-known...

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About Friends

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 4:37 PM

My gang in college was comprised of ten or so guys, all slightly left of conventional. We banded together by striving to be a bit disrespectful (though not so much as to fail classes). Meeting late at night in smoke-filled dormitory rooms (often mine), we plotted strategies to run for...

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Staying at It, Letting Go

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 4:34 PM

My father and I were of different stripes. He, for instance, would have pleased an investment adviser friend of mine who bemoans the fact that "no one saves these days." My father saved something, even a small amount, starting when he was poor, and he regularly urged me to do...

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A Change of Plans

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 2:47 PM

I had received luggage tags to wrap on to my suitcases for the river cruise in France. Of an organized nature, I'd worked up a long list of what to pack--even things like packages of Kleenex and extra shoe laces. I'd paid for the cruise months before, taken trip insurance,...

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Small Business

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 8:12 PM

"Straight up, or a cocktail?" I ask.

"Straight up," I hear, a reply voiced not in some darkened dive but at the dining table, now work table, in my apartment. The other speaker is not a barfly but a teenager come for learning. If "straight up," the request is for...

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