From below.

Lo! a ripe sheaf of many golden days
Gleaned by the year in autumn’s harvest ways,
With here and there, blood-tinted as an ember,
Some crimson poppy of a late delight
Atoning in its splendor for the flight
Of summer blooms and joys­
This is September.

The bluest sky

Working on a campaign for New York City Council in Brooklyn provided so many amazing and immediate opportunities to learn about the history, cultural makeup and political wrangling in the city’s largest borough. I remember the campaign had asked me to organize a midday coffee meet-and-greet with one of Carroll…

2001 event at the now closed Polazzo Social Club (Mario and Andrew Cuomo — Left; Bill de Blasio — Far right)

When my fiancee and I finally decided to take the leap and move to the Big Apple, we realized we needed to do it in stages. Neither of us had a job waiting for us in Metropolis, nor a place to live. We also had a dog (my loyal and…

One way to find gold

As if to echo the craziness of this moment, the snow violently swirled around us while we stood on the now ivory-blanketed dock — obscuring the horizon, and the path back to my car. She looked at me with frustration, wondering what the hell we were doing there, at this…

Jobs. Ugh, jobs. I needed one. I didn’t want one. A job was beneath me. I was a pioneer, a wizard of invention, a titan of industry. I didn’t need a J-O-B. I needed a wealthy patron who could fund my various enterprises that would transform the way we lived…

Upon my discharge from the hospital in Washington D.C., the Peace Corps offered me two very stark offers:

Now, I will offer up that this…

While the Peace Corps administration worked on my medical transfer, I got the unexpected fortune to spend a week in Bamako. Every morning, I awoke with a fresh wave of nausea, stumbled to the latrine, offered my “blessings” to the gods of the dirt and soil, and then wandered into…

It happened quickly. From the first symptoms to diagnosis to transfer, all within the span of a week. At first I thought the painful spasms in my stomach grew from the homesickness I’d developed. But then it turned into a full-body assault. Heavy hot flashes with waves of chilly perspiration…

I have an unfortunate tic that comes up from time to time: self-sabotage. If you surveyed the dozen or more people who know me best, they would most likely universally label me as a very stubborn individual (I like to reframe it as my “passionate persistence”, but oh well). …

DCVito

Despite never intending to, I have started/founded many organizations, campaigns and non-profit advocacy programs. Most have succeeded. But…some have failed.

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