What is the Story With George Zimmerman ???

September 9th, 2013 by Michael Tabor


I am 50 years old and have never been arrested in my entire life; this is the case one can only surmise for all or at least the majority of solid citizens who are law – abiding and choose not to break the law. George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and all manslaughter charges on July 13, 2013 in one of the most notorious and celebrated trials in recent history and already he’s getting into trouble.

Mr. Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie (incidentally she’s planning on divorcing him now) is alleging that her husband threatened her while brandishing a knife as well as a firearm. I know that Zimmerman has not been indicted and certainly, legally speaking, this has no connection with the Trayvon Martin case but wow, this certainly raises a red flag in terms of what type of person Zimmerman is.

So, WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think? Does this latest incident make you think twice about whether or not the jury rendered the correct verdict in the aforementioned Martin case or do you suppose this was just an unconnected coincidence ???


Shadows Fall

September 8th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor

Shadows fallTree Silhouette Against Starry Night Sky

Like pensive thoughts.

Twilight gathers

Dusty moths.


Padded paws

Drink from pools

Of concrete jaws.



Shadows fall,

I pencil thoughts.

Scratch them out

With all their flaws.

Leave my task

To exit doors,

Finding room

Between the stars.



Shadows fall

Like silver saws,

Cutting through

Whatever was.

Full of feathers,

Fluff and fuzz,

With empty pillowcase

I pause.


Mickey Mantle Made Baseball Magical

September 7th, 2013 by Michael Tabor


This morning on NPR, I had the great pleasure of hearing the aging but still incredibly clever and tasteful comedian, Billy Crystal talk a little bit about his boyhood idol and dear friend – Mickey Mantle.  I was born in 1963 and unfortunately, I never had the chance to actually see ‘The Mick” play, but believe me the Mickey Mantle allure along with the magical decade of the 1950’s were seemingly always the talk of the town for me as a youngster. I’ve since later learned that the ‘50’s, were not as innocent in terms of good old America, apple pie, civility, respect, etc. but Mickey Mantle was or at least still symbolizes what once was.

The Last time I looked, Mickey Mantle’s rookie card still sold for more than any other ballplayer’s (anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 depending on the condition of the card) second only to Honus Wagner which can demand a ridiculous price of  $250,000 and up because of very different reasons e.g. not only is the card ancient (1909), there are only a handful of them out there because of Wagner’s insistence that the card not be inserted into tobacco packages (Wagner was anti – tobacco – even back then !) However, back to Mickey …. Mickey Mantle’s card is worth so much because, well, Mickey Mantle was an icon not only of the sport of baseball but because he also epitomized everything that was good and righteous about baseball and the decade of the 1950’s whether mythical or true.

Mickey Mantle never took steroids (he drank beer – too much) but the truth be told, no man has ever hit the ball harder (536 home runs in his short career) nor as high & far (643 feet) than the great Mantle. Word of note, the folks who witnessed the 6 hundred and forty – three – footer thought the ball would never descend and keep rising and rising perhaps into the earth’s atmosphere(when you’re a kid, baseball can really seem otherworldly). The 6’3″ blonde – haired, blue – eyed, naturally – strong man was a real – live – super – hero to all who saw him play and to everybody afterwards who can only imagine and marvel upon who he was. His legacy speaks volumes about baseball and our perceived notion of the prosperity and greatness of the 1950’s in this country.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Hey, does anyone out there have a Mickey Mantle card you want to sell?


Monster In A Box

September 6th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor

Some wounds never in a box

Some people cover them up,

Pretend they don’t exist,

Even to themselves.

I keep mine out where I can see them.

Examine them in the light.

Watch them scar over,

Thicken with time,

Bump and bleed all over again.



The pain is proof of my existence.

My right as a human being

To experience the difficulty.

To overcome the obstacle

Preventing pleasure.

To sometimes choose and say,

“Not today”,

Firmly placing pain

In the back pocket of my jeans

And sit squarely

Facing the sun.



There are no Super Hero bandaids.

No Incredible Hulk

To soften blow.

Put the monster in a box

And let it out once in awhile

With all its brutal honesty.


What Do We Do With Syria?

September 5th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

syriaI think we, the United States is in a no – win situation. To start, the obvious is that the use of chemical weapons and nerve gas by the Assad regime against its own citizens is absolutely reprehensible and I’m certain that in a perfect world those who were responsible would be identified, targeted, and ultimately eliminated from the face of the earth. However obviously this is something that is neither tenable nor remotely possible and the only option our country has in terms of retribution is strategic military strikes. BUT, just think , not only is this not an effective viable solution i.e. just more civilian deaths and massive infrastructure destruction, not to mention the rabbit hole with which this country, the United States, would have to contend e.g. “boots on the ground”,  the tenuous geopolitical relationships we have with nations such as Russia and Iran (who support the Assad government), the Palestinians who are split … Israel and a plethora of other catastrophic scenarios, etc. Furthermore, what is the end game ?

The Assad regime (The notorious Ba’ath Party) is wicked beyond belief but I think we can all agree that the Syrian rebel fighters are certainly not our friends. This civil war has been going on for more than 2 years now (Arab Spring) and more than 100,000 people have died, just about half of whom are civilians.   So, WhadaweThink ? What do you think? The Middle East is war – torn and a mess; whether we strike or do nothing will invariably have repercussions.  We can’t turn a blind eye to a nation that uses chemical weapons but I feel there is nothing we can do but lament the ineffable sadness of it all.


Vanderbilt’s Lawn

September 1st, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor

vanSummering on voluminous velvet.

Like Happy Faces pinned to a wall.

Smiling out on the bay

At a hundred toy boats.

Paying to cut Vanderbilt’s lawn.



Lying on our backs looking up.

What are clouds to me?

Some of them are GIANT.

Some are continents of another kind.

There’s Africa.

Followed by a Rhino

Mowing Vanderbilt’s lawn.



Giddy as kids on a hillside.

Rolling down like logs.

Stopping all abrupt.

Exhausted to the point of exclusion

From the rest of the world.

Oh, the sweet smell of Vanderbilt’s lawn.