My fourth book:
is about nursing homes, where you can learn so much about life. It’s a place where sadness meets hilarious.
I’m reminded of the time I picked up my mother from the nursing home to take her out for lunch. All was fine as we drove to the restaurant. I found a parking space right in front and walked around the car to help her out of the car. As I opened her door, I saw that she was crying and quickly asked,
“Ma, what’s the matter? Why are you crying?”
“Marc, each day I find something else that I can’t do anymore. Now, I can’t get out of the car,” she answered.
“Ma . . . yes you can get out of the car.”
“No I can’t,” she cried.
“Yes you can, Ma. You just have to take off your seat belt first.”
“Ma . . . wake up and smile. I’m taking our picture.”
My fifth book:
was actually my first idea for a book, based upon my growing up years, in the 1950s and ’60s, in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Back then I witnessed the gradual changes in the neighborhood demographics and, as a young kid, the neighborhood chit-chat that I overheard was intriguing to me. There was much gossip about the perceived unscrupulous lifestyle of the new residents moving in and the rumors about supposed muggings and break-ins by these new residents were in full force. Longtime residents were fearful of the effects of the change on schools, crime and real estate values.
The goings-on left an impression on me. The dynamics of what seemed to be causing change, with people panicking to sell their homes, was confusing. In the late 1990s, I began to study and write a book about the 1950s/’60s Brooklyn.
I didn’t get very far with that book. I had a demanding job and a family. Writing a book, which was intended as a study project and a learning experience, was too demanding of my already busy schedule. Plus, along with my time constraints, my OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) made writing a book back then even more impossible for me. After I lost my wife, I developed DGASD (don’t give a shit disorder), which toned down my OCD. Also, I have more time now to devote to writing books.