The challenge of excelling at what doesn’t come naturally.

Me at 16, 1st string center, Pelham Spartans, Bronx Umpires Association division champions, 1972, 1973 & 1974.

I have always gone against my own grain. In high school, I aced math and rarely exceeded a B in English. With an aptitude for numbers, I could have slid into a good life as an accountant (a profession later experience taught me to respect). Instead, I majored in English…

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How an only child found first love.

Each semester, my report card made the same complaint: “Eugene’s refusal to speak up in class discussions will hold him back.” I didn’t worry about it, though. As an only child, silence suited me just fine. And being a bookish one, getting good grades came easily to me. …

I’ve been working from home since the 1980s. Here’s everything I wish I could’ve taught my younger self.

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Social distancing has thrown millions of office professionals into the deep end of the working-from-home pool. Many feel like they’re drowning in productivity expectations and guilt. I’m also working from home these days. Unlike most, however, I’ve been doing it for long periods over four decades. …

“Carousel Horses — Roses” / Original photograph taken by author

And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger…
Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, 6:4

At seven I was small enough to ride standing up in the van,
Uncle Sonny and my father up front, me still in my party clothes:
white hat, white holsters, tin badge on my chest. One of…

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Adrift across your eyes’ rare green, my love,
we learned the ways adults diversify love.

Good Muslims should speak truth to their fanatics?
For this Christ got what? Peter left to deny love.

I don’t care why The Donald says I’m fired,
The Beatles tell me money can’t buy me love…

Eugene A. Melino

Poet / Playwright / Essayist.

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