Posts Tagged ‘family’

More Family Tales on Stage and Screen

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Here’s my take on two family tales that I recently saw in New York.

My Father

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

VASCO H. MORAIS, AGE 80, FISHING THE EAGLE RIVER IN LABRADOR.

A love note from my wife

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Poet and physician, William Carlos Williams

8.07AM Philadelphia. Note from my fantastic wife:

I just read this poem by William Carlos Williams and thought of you:

“Danse Russe”

If when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees, —
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
“I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!”
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
against the yellow drawn shades, —

Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?

Ode to my brother Vasco

Thursday, April 1st, 2010





Brother Vasco, in New York, feeling no pain.

Brother Vasco vacationing in New York.





Later this month my brother, Vasco H. Morais, is getting inducted into the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers as a Fellow. Unlike his spot-light loving and shamelessly self-promoting brother, Vasco did not shout the news of this considerable honor from the rooftops. He didn’t, in fact, even mention it to his siblings  – I found out about it through a circuitous route.

Excited for him, I just surfed the organization’s website, to get a sense what being inducted as a Fellow at the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers actually means. Here’s what it said: “Membership in the ACCFL is limited to commercial finance lawyers, jurists and academics who have not only achieved preeminence in the field of commercial finance law, but who also have contributed significantly to the education of others in commercial finance law through teaching, lecturing or published writings.” Elsewhere it said, “Of particular interest to the College is the recognition of those individuals who have not only attained a high degree of skill in the field of law, but who have helped others in the field by sharing their knowledge.”

That’s my brother. He is fascinated with how things work and wont stop scratching away at a problem until he has got to the core of the issue – and then explained his discovery to you, in excruciating minutia, until you get it too. Or have collapsed under the onslaught.

I am so proud of him, which is why I have made his picture above larger than life – because that is what he is, at least to me.

Hard to believe he used to torture me so.





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