I am addicted to reading the obits in the New York Times. And not just because of the old joke about checking that I’m not there. Besides, I am pretty sure that any death notice about me in the Times would have to be paid for. Some of the Time’s obit writers are terrific. I […]Read More Keeping retirement real. Domestic partners.
My first day teaching I pulled into a space in the school parking lot by the chain link fence that separated it from the playground. Sitting alone in the teachers lounge a few minutes later as others chatted and drank bad coffee from the old coffee urn on a counter covered in floral contact paper, […]Read More Keeping retirement real. Six years out and remembering the teachers lounge.
Esther Wainer and Emma Lazarus. In the wake of Donald Trump’s shithole remark there once again is attention to Emma Lazarus’ poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Emma Lazarus was not herself an immigrant. But her name and poem will always be connected to the welcoming of immigrants, a counter balance to […]Read More Keeping retirement real. My grandmother Esther wasn’t from Norway. She was an “Emma.”
We encourage listeners to send us text messages or tweet us while we broadcast Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers live on Friday morning’s at 11am on Chicago’s 105.5fm (lumpenradio.com). Our Twitter hashtag was #HittingLeft17. Now it is #HittingLeft18. It’s a new year. My daughter, Jessica, not realizing the time difference between Brooklyn and Chicago […]Read More Keeping retirement real. Mom’s kugel recipe.
We are in Brooklyn for the holiday weekend. It is hard to gather all the family together at one time and in one place even though ours is not a huge family. If we play the averages, and since Anne and I are both retired, we get to be with everyone at least several times […]Read More Keeping retirement weird. Whose art have we missed?
I didn’t start teaching in a public school until I was in my late 30s. Prior to that I mainly did factory work, but always as a union member. Whether it was in steel or auto or what was once the United Rubber Workers as a tire builder at UniRoyal, I always carried a union […]Read More Keeping retirement weird. Union troubles.
It doesn’t come as shocking news that the Republicans and Trump have plans to change the tax rules in order to benefit the wealthy. It is ironic that those of us who fight for economic justice are attacked for advocating government enforced wealth redistribution. The plan now being discussed in Congress does that in spades. […]Read More Keeping retirement weird. They don’t want to just end our defined benefit. They’re going after the defined contribution too. Shameless thieves.
This week I am with my family for our annual end of summer week on Block Island. Today we are in Brooklyn to gather provisions at Fairway. Tomorrow we drive north to catch the Point Judith Ferry. The New York Times reports that some artists and art historians are concerned about the removal of Confederate […]Read More Letter from Block Island. Art and context.
Yesterday, Senator Daniel Biss came on our Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers radio show and podcast. On the issue of his role as a leading advocate for pension theft and the unconstitutional bill he got passed in the Illinois legislature to do that, he repeated his “I made a mistake.” As mistakes go, it […]Read More Keeping retirement weird. Our talk with Senator Daniel Biss. “Stop doing this!”
I’m on a listserv of former friends from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. I graduated from there 51 years ago. Recently a thread started about our principal from back in the day: Mr. Jim Tunney. Mr. Tunney has had four careers that I’m aware of. Before he was our principal I assume he was […]Read More Keeping retirement weird. Mr. Tunney.