Halloween 2015
With friends at their annual Halloween theme extravaganza in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. 

For 2015 its ...

"The Seven Deadly Sins"

Greetings. Relax. Stay Awhile.

Vintage Scarry


Jerry, The Prince of that Darkness ... and His Minions

America's Got Talent

She's Got a Leg Up!


"Oh ... this old thing?"

Just Tossed Something On at the Last Minute

Donald ... Build That Wall!

Kids Today!

Horsing Around

Be Patient ... Everyone Will be Served

Never Trust a Skinny Chef

One Genuine 100% American Boy

200% American Boy

Two Scaredy Cats

One Scary Cat


"You Want Some Candy ... Do Ya, Kid?"

High Concept

Good Night ... Now Go to Confess Your Sins

Good Physics

In the culture at present the approach to health is very much centered on Bio-Chemistry.
Read ... Pharmaceutical Industry. You got something wrong, we got a pill for that. As time goes on, it seems that there are more and more things that can be wrong, and — thankfully — drugs to ease the way. 

Problem is, as Chris Rock said, "There ain't no money in the cure. The money is in the medicine." So much for Chemistry.

When we turn to Physics for insight into questions of health and wellness ... now you're talking.

The simple idea is that physical alignment in respect to the dictates of Gravity may be an important contribution to the discussion.
GM 1958

Ah, GM 1958 

50th Anniversary 

They pulled out all the stops 

(All the chrome)

Why Folks Don't Wanna Get Rolfed

It's been 34 years since I first put up my shingle as a Rolf Practitioner. 

Rolf Structural Integration was originated by Dr. Ida P. Rolf. It is the peerless and definitive training to raise the level of human balance according to the dictates Gravity. In physical terms, this means fostering an arrangement in the makeup of the body structure where the major segments stack up neatly and comfortably, everything nice and even and level.

Not this ...

Like this ...

Part of the challenge for practitioners in our profession has to do with our pioneer status. Even though living with a body balanced to cooperate with the action of Gravity may make sense on paper, it is a new idea for most people. Add to that the observable fact that living with imbalances in the makeup of our bodies is so commonplace it goes unrecognized. It passes for "normal".

It seems that one reason people don't come in droves for Structural Integration is that the very idea of "structural body balance/imbalance" itself. This is not a familiar concept. Part of the contract with new clients who come to see me is getting it clearly across up front that the main goal of Structural Integration is to balance the body along the lines of Gravity. Relief of stress and pains is a by-product. Not to mention improved physical performance and creative expressiveness. Once the work begins, however, the actual experience of living in a more balanced body arrangement becomes palpably clear. It feels good. It feels right. 

The other reason people don't rush to Structural Integration is that it involves making some real changes. We don't seem to opt for making such a shift until the wolf is at the proverbial door, and the painful signals of imbalance just can't be ignored. Until then, though, we seem to be content to make do. Maybe this is human nature. But, the problem can be, that when the pains reporting that something needs to be done, Structural Integration may not be the first best option. 

If there's a lesson here, it's this: Don't wait for something to happen.

I agree ... don't fix it if it ain't broke. But, just like if you own a home. Certainly the car your drive. Maintenance as a part of ongoing ownership is the best approach. 

Consider making Structural Integration part of your regimen ... now.

Gravity ... Just Because You Can't See It

The force of Gravity is an ineluctable fact. Just because you can't see it, failing to live up to its demands has consequences. In our dwellings. And ... in our bodies. 

In our bodies, living at odds with the dictates of Gravity looks like stress and pain. Also, this means living below our potential for top performance and creativity. Living under the literal "spell" of imbalances fixed in our very flesh; which also color our outlook and slant our perspective.

Your body, just like it is for any other physical structure on Earth, has to deal with the constant and ever-present pull of Gravity. 

In this respect "Plumb & Square" is the rule. That is, structures need to be stacked up neatly, all level and even to endure. The human body too. 

Now, at this point, someone will probably point out how all those new-fangled architectures look so off kilter. 

On the surface, yes. Call it aesthetics. At their core, you gotta know there's that old Plumb & Square to be sure all the forces balance. 

The human body too.

Fusion Energy ...N
Fusion Energy ... NOW

"Fusion" energy is a current hot topic. While we wait for this miracle energy option to materialize, there is something just as advanced available to each of us. Right now. 

According to a recent Time Magazine article lots of governments, corporations, academic institutions, and private start-ups are knee deep into the R&D on fusion energy.

You know from fusion? It's the kind of energy produced the same way the Sun produces it's light. Without getting into the nitty-gritty Physics of it — which is beyond me anyway — simply to say it's about combining atoms and the by-product energy from that powerful reaction. That's the opposite of "fission", which is about splitting atoms. As in the atomic bomb. Or, the current nuclear energy reactor technology.

The deal with fusion as an energy source is that it's relatively clean and safe. And, potentially abundant almost forever. Now it appears that this is being spoken of as a feasible possibility. 

Don't hold your breath. But, there's an option that is available right now. 

Read on.

Consider this as an elaboration on the definition of fusion energy.

Suppose you take the idea of "combining" and apply it to the easily feasible possibility of connecting the individual human energy field with the energy field of the Earth. Theoretically, the force of Gravity itself would be a vitalizing energy source. At the least, not the unrecognized entropic boogeyman the average randomly disorganized human being experiences due to being at odds in the structural makeup of their body with the ineluctable downward pull of Gravity.

It just makes plain common sense. When the human body is stacked up and arranged to cooperate with the action of Gravity, regardless of what you think might be possible, at least you can see it would simply work better. Just like your garage door opens and closes properly if it's frame is plumb and square. Or, your car goes straight down the road when the suspension is aligned. Or, your boat tracks true because the keel is dead nuts center. Or, your Pizza topping stays on because the oven is level. Things like that. 

Next Step?

I'm a Rolf Practitioner skilled at providing assisted training to bring the body to an effortlessly upright, balanced, unstressed arrangement. You can call me, of course.

First, though ... Let me suggest you come to your own "fusion" with the very idea that your health would be supported, your performance potential increased, your creativity enriched ... if your body was stacked up nice and straight, all even and level.

This is available right now. Think of it as aligning yourself with forces that hold the Universe together. Like that. Literally, like that.

So you should be shiny ... like the Sun.

I Got Cher with My Soft Tip

Once upon a time I worked in a Manhattan toy store. Celebrities often shopped there. [Not F.A.O. Schwartz.] Cher came in to buy her (then) daughter a gift bag of assorted amusements. 

We carried all kinds of high and low items. Like Steiff collectibles.
In the gag department — Doggie Doo, Whoopee Cushions, Fake Vomit. That sort of thing. 

Without acknowledging that I recognized her, I asked for an autograph. She was flattered. I handed her a paper and pencil. When she went to write her signature the pencil tip gave way. 

It was a rubber tip pencil!

Ha-Ha, on Cher.

She gave me the same kind of look I remember her giving the irrepressible Sonny.

Now that in my memory is the real autograph.

And, you might like to know, on her Amex Card it said only, "Cher".
Halloween 2015

It was night. Isn't it always thus. Nothing spooky ever happens during the day. Except, if you read the morning newspaper. Does anyone do that any more? That is, actually sit down and read printed ink on a huge page of flimsy paper?

Well, on with the tale. 

It sure looked like just some plain old regular house all decorated up and all for this year's Halloween observances. 

Well, here's something to observe. Those kids didn't give it another thought. Making their way down the line of houses, filling their bags with all manner of wonderfullnesses. Take for instance the jars of wild caught, whole Albacore Tuna packed in Extra Virgin First Cold Press Tuscan Olive Oil. Or, whole packages of Saltine Crackers. And, with Spread! Good Cheese Spread. Importado. And, possibly the most extravagant, orange-tone iPhones. All loaded up with music and trendy apps, and with a prepaid contract with unlimited ... whatever! I think the word here is ... "Upscale".

Pressing forward, on into the night, they sashayed right up to that door. Yes, that door! Calling out in their shrilliest voices, "Trick or Treat!" "Trick or Treat!"

It may depend on what your idea of fun is, or a treat; but, what happened then when that lovely, sweet enticing voice beckoned them to enter ... Well, just let us say ... once inside, the "fun" began. Never mind whether it was a "Trick" or a "Treat". 

Quite an exotic ambiance, to be sure. Mario Buatta gone to seed kind of aesthetic. All festive and loaded with Jack-O-Lanterns all alight; their shimmering glowings piercing the dark and dusty room where there was to find no one what seemed just a moment ago had so sweetly enticed them to enter. And, oh yes, what the heck is that smell? Whew!!! Nothing good, that's for sure.

Were those kids unafraid, or just unsuspecting? Because, little did they realize ... to the sound of doors slamming, shutting, and locking ... there they were. All alone, all by their proverbial lonesome. Only to hear hurried footsteps nearby. But from where? In the room right there, someone unseen? Noises coming from somewhere in that dark, cavernous house? Maybe just a prank ... a recording on the Victrola?

[Note to parent(s): If at this point your kid doesn't ask, "What is a Victrola?" you need to take a course in parenting with special emphasis on passing down historical cultural perspectives. And, if you yourself don't know from "Victrola" then stop reading this right now. And confess to your progeny that you are just a boob. And, a twit. Just kidding. Trick or Treat.]

So, anyway. These kids are there for what seemed like quite a long time and — as kids will, and are wont to do — getting restless. No treats in sight. And, the longer they stay there in that, what is becoming rather clear by now, haunted house they are beginning to suspect there is a trick afoot. And, that's not measured on a ruler. "A foot" that is. It's more to do with something-going-on-and-about-to-become-crystal-clear-any-moment-now. And, by the way, that would be something about which you'd rather not find out. For sure!

Just as it was about to become really scary ... for real, SCARY! ... a loud knock on the front door. They ran to open the door. Which, by the way, was not locked as they [and you .... all of us, really] thought it was owing to that closing locking sound referred hereinto earlier, that is. 

The door opened and what was there? Uncle Fester. (Yes, Fester. No joke! For some reason he's the one what got the Halloween chaperon duty every year.) He too was getting restless waiting for his little darlings. Thanks to goodness!

Little did any of them know ... had any more time passed with those little kids all alone in that spooky old house, in that even spookier old room ... Well, just to say ... it's better left unsaid. Otherwise, you would really be scared. For real. And this is just a story, so we don't want nobody getting all in a fuss, or things like that. And such.

Happy Halloween!

Let's leave it at that.

Oh, yes. One last thought ...