A Person of Service

A Person of Service

We remember Chief Steve Bonano, who died six years ago today, from 9/11 cancer. Steve was my Executive Officer in Brooklyn South. A great man, with a strong background in policing, including assignments in Aviation (Steve was a pilot) and Emergency Service. He was...

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My “Other” Birthday

My “Other” Birthday

On January 8, 2018 – a day I call my “other" birthday – I retired from the NYPD after 37 years of service. My career was amazing, a true journey, emotionally and spiritually. I experienced the greatest honors, and inspirations and joy, as well as some of the...

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A Gift, Like No Other

A Gift, Like No Other

In 2016 and 2017 I would listen to the audiobook by Wayne Dyer, “Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life”, over and over again, when I walked on the boardwalk in Rockaway. The book is a collection of his interpretations of the “Tao Te Ching”, written by Lao Tzu in...

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Thomas “TJ” Curly

Thomas “TJ” Curly

I live in an apartment on the beach in Rockaway and every window faces the ocean. At about 4:00 AM on December 3, 2017, having fallen asleep on my recliner, I woke and saw emergency lights flashing onto the otherwise dark boardwalk. I went to my terrace, leaned...

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The Sentencing

The Sentencing

November 8, 2007 -  While we await the arrival of the judge from his chambers, there is small talk to my left, someone telling another of renovations on his home, and small talk to my right, possible upcoming indictment of an elected official. Often, we fill...

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Our Life

Our Life

On the beach, at water’s edge The ocean is calm Soft waves A few cargo ships miles away Darkness but for the Moon Shining her light on the water below Look up, stars fill the sky A shooting star just now And our sister planets Mars just to the left of the Moon To...

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A Person of Service

A Person of Service

We remember Chief Steve Bonano, who died six years ago today, from 9/11 cancer. Steve was my Executive Officer in Brooklyn South. A great man, with a strong background in policing, including assignments in Aviation (Steve was a pilot) and Emergency Service. He was...

My “Other” Birthday

My “Other” Birthday

On January 8, 2018 – a day I call my “other" birthday – I retired from the NYPD after 37 years of service. My career was amazing, a true journey, emotionally and spiritually. I experienced the greatest honors, and inspirations and joy, as well as some of the...

A Gift, Like No Other

A Gift, Like No Other

In 2016 and 2017 I would listen to the audiobook by Wayne Dyer, “Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life”, over and over again, when I walked on the boardwalk in Rockaway. The book is a collection of his interpretations of the “Tao Te Ching”, written by Lao Tzu in...

Thomas “TJ” Curly

Thomas “TJ” Curly

I live in an apartment on the beach in Rockaway and every window faces the ocean. At about 4:00 AM on December 3, 2017, having fallen asleep on my recliner, I woke and saw emergency lights flashing onto the otherwise dark boardwalk. I went to my terrace, leaned...

The Sentencing

The Sentencing

November 8, 2007 -  While we await the arrival of the judge from his chambers, there is small talk to my left, someone telling another of renovations on his home, and small talk to my right, possible upcoming indictment of an elected official. Often, we fill...

Our Life

Our Life

On the beach, at water’s edge The ocean is calm Soft waves A few cargo ships miles away Darkness but for the Moon Shining her light on the water below Look up, stars fill the sky A shooting star just now And our sister planets Mars just to the left of the Moon To...