The Lie

I found this poem among the poems in the poetry workshop that I took. No author given, just a rather cryptic N.Y.T and a date 10/14/61 at the top of the page, only to be contradicted by October 23, 1961 at the bottom.  Does the N.Y.T. stand for the New York Times?  I searched the … Continue reading The Lie


The world, we are told, was created by a God who is both good and omnipotent. Before He created the world He foresaw all the pain and misery that it would contain; He is therefore responsible for all of it. It is useless to argue that the pain in the world is due to sin. … Continue reading Jeff

Gary and Tony

  During my first year at Penn State, I lived in the dorms in East Halls on the 10th floor of Pinchot Hall. Just down the hall and to the right lived two fellows from South Philadelphia, both of Italian extraction, Gary and Tony.  I’ve mentioned Tony a couple of times previously, but not Gary. … Continue reading Gary and Tony


John Herbert, or Herbie as most of us called him, was a white ROTC student who lived on the fifth floor of Mifflin Hall during my second year at Penn State. He was a devout Christian and became good friends with Steve Sattazahn and Allan Maurer, high school classmates of mine who were also residing … Continue reading Herbie