Muhammad Ali: “Who’s he?” asked the Harlem schoolkids

(AP photo above of Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston) Muhammad Ali was a hero of mine, even though I grew up in a white Philadelphia neighbourhood bordering on a black one where you were called a “n....er lover,” if you sympathised with African Americans. Racism was rife in Philly. My crime was … Continue reading Muhammad Ali: “Who’s he?” asked the Harlem schoolkids

Food for a Journey: Poems and prayers and memories of a renaissance man

I have written many book reviews over the decades, but this one means a lot to me. It’s about a book of poetry by my cousin – a friend, a former priest, an editor of an acclaimed Jesuit magazine, America, an appellate attorney in the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice fighting for … Continue reading Food for a Journey: Poems and prayers and memories of a renaissance man

Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott lately. Why? I guess because I’ve been wondering what kind of a Prime Minister he’d make. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him, mainly because he’s a Liberal, and I’ve been voting for Labor and the US Democrats for decades. I don’t normally declare my political … Continue reading Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?