Marty's Bon Mots

Non Resentment Redux

By Martin Brounstein / November 8, 2013

Remember that time on Father’s Day a few years ago when our daughter visited us from Brooklyn and I had to drive her back to Brooklyn because she wasn’t feeling well? You don’t? Well. One Father’s Day, a few years ago our daughter visited us from Brooklyn and I had to drive her back to…

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Physicality and Equilibrium

By Martin Brounstein / October 17, 2013

The past several weeks have been particularly trying for me. No. No. My family and friends are well. My musical life keeps chugging along and soothes my savage soul. But I have been sorely tested these past several weeks over the ravages our elected officials have heaped upon my beloved country. There have been letters…

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Family and Emotional Duality

By Martin Brounstein / September 13, 2013

I love my family dearly. I love my wife. I love my kids. I love my grandkids. I would do anything, and I mean anything, for them. And so we were offered a situation last weekend. You see, our eldest daughter and her husband celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary last week. Isn’t that grand? Well…

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Attacking Syria

By Martin Brounstein / August 29, 2013

The issue with respect to Syria is certainly not an easy one. There is no straight forward answer to a simple question: “Should we attack the current despotic Syrian regime?” And why should we attack? This time, as opposed to the nonsensical so-called intelligence leading us into Iraq, it appears from all accounts that the…

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Peeing in the Park

By Martin Brounstein / August 6, 2013

This is a story related to me by my wife yesterday late afternoon. As some of you may know, my wife is a professional grandson sitter. That is, every day she drives up to our daughter’s house and takes care of our two grandsons thereby allowing our daughter to go to work. At the time…

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I Am Not a Wuss

By Martin Brounstein / July 31, 2013

There’s a small piece of me that feels I should be resentful. It’s a bit like that little red costumed guy with the pitchfork, the tail and the horns sitting on my left shoulder and whispering in my ear. This weekend, I shrugged and flicked him away with a rapid dispatch of right middle finger…

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Sunshine is Gravy

By Martin Brounstein / July 25, 2013

I was just talking with my friend Runcheng here at work and he advised that our respective place of gainful employ will be bestowing upon us otherwise ungrateful minions the privilege of your basic free outdoor lunch. He offered the following proviso: “However, the sun will not be out today.” This served as impetus enough…

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Careful What You Ask For

By Martin Brounstein / July 18, 2013

As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for. (I hate when sentences end in a preposition. It is something with up I should not put.) I requested Celil. “What is a Celil?” I hear you ask. I’m glad you asked. A Celil (pronounced jeh LEEL, by the way) is a human being. Celil…

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Whistles and Treason

By Martin Brounstein / June 12, 2013

I haven’t quite thought this one through. But there are whistle blowers and then there are traitors. Thus far, in my mind, there has been no gray area. I am, of course, referring to the case of one 29 year old Mr. Edward Snowden. Allow me to recap. Mr. Snowden, in his capacity as a…

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An Introspection

By Martin Brounstein / June 7, 2013

To say this weekend had its ups and downs for me is a bit of an understatement. There were two marvelous events this weekend. The first had my wife and I meet up with my cousins in New York where we saw a very entertaining show where performers provided a live audience with a fake…

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