Stories written by Ernie Sochin

In Florida, it’s better to be safe at any cost

In Florida, it’s better to be safe at any cost

The Stand Your Ground Law in the state of Florida seems to be working. It has certainly changed my life. Let me explain. Several weeks ago, on one of my rare visits to a movie theater, there was a (gentleman?) using his iPhone during the movie, which became quite distracting due to the brightness of […]

My path to better health? A Twinkie may be the answer

My path to better health? A Twinkie may be the answer

One only has to look at me to know that I spend a great deal of time at my local gym. You can tell by the fluorescent light pallor to my skin. I truly spent a great deal of time at the gym but something must be terribly wrong. I began to investigate. The first […]

We have a cultural gem right here in our town

While filling up my tank at a local gas station recently, I had left my radio on, rather loudly, because I was listening to some splendid jazz music on radio station WDNA. A charming woman in the next lane asked me if I was listening to a CD. I answered no, but that I was […]

Black in America: Remember the CNN series in 2008

Black in America: Remember the CNN series in 2008

Of course I would not know what it is actually like to be Black in America. When I was a child growing up in Boston, I was beaten up a few times by a bunch of Irish kids who happened to hate Jews. I asked one of my schoolmates at the time what caused this […]

Education today not like in the old days

No, they haven’t discovered any new dinosaur bones but they did dig up Ernie Sochin to tell us a few details from way back then. I can’t help but read in the newspapers each day of all the various methods being used to grade our schoolchildren. I read a lot about Common Core, FCATs, SAT’s, […]

There are so many things in life I don’t understand

There are so many things in life I don’t understand

I suppose that being a card-carrying elected official I should understand everything. Well with respect for our transparency laws, I must now admit that I don’t. Let’s start with the recent Black Friday phenomena. I don’t get it! Why rush to buy stuff that is in great supply and will probably be discounted even more […]

Stand Your Ground: What if I shot my computer?

Stand Your Ground: What if I shot my computer?

I recall reading some time ago about a person who actually shot his computer. I wondered what could drive anyone to so serious an action. I now know! I am not sure that the “Stand Your Ground” law would protect me but I could certainly offer a good case for being harassed and threatened by […]

More about China: Cranes and high-speed trains

More about China: Cranes and high-speed trains

Condominiums in China are a hot commodity with all these growing cities. All the people who formerly worked on their farms are being relocated to the cities and no matter how many or how tall these buildings are there never seems to be enough of them. Hear that, all you “flippers?” Buy a bunch of […]

Chinese emperor created an army of terra cotta soldiers

Chinese emperor created an army of terra cotta soldiers

      The main thing I wanted to see in China was the Terra Cotta Army. This was an entire army of full-sized soldiers, each with his own individual facial characteristics. Even the horses had their own faces and colors. It was something thousands of years old ordered by Emperor Qin to protect him […]

Remembering life before all this technology arrived

Well, I woke up a few days back to my cell phone screaming about an incoming call. It was connected to my Sony speakers so it was extra loud. Who was it? My loveable grandchildren were trying out their new iPhones with Facetime. It worked great and I expect many more calls like this in […]

Four generations of Unger family practice medicine at Mount Sinai

Four generations of Unger family practice medicine at Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai Medical Center is proud to have four generations of doctors from the same family who collectively have practiced at the hospital for more than half a century. The late Dr. Jonas Unger began practicing at Mount Sinai when it was located in the old Nautilus Hotel and paved the way for three generations […]

Learning to appreciate the accomplishments of others

Learning to appreciate the accomplishments of others

I just completed an amazing feat. I swam 10 laps in my pool with no shark cage or jellyfish mask. I completed this task while avoiding several millipedes that got in my way. There were no TV crews to greet me at the completion of my swim nor was there even one reporter or photographer […]

Why would you kill someone for worshipping in a different way?

Okay, I admit to not being the most devout religious person in the world. I am Jewish and love and enjoy all of our wonderful traditions and holidays but don’t ask me about our dietary laws while I am eating a pork sandwich at Shorty’s Barbecue. The Jewish religion has many forms of religious belief […]

You all may wonder how I get to be so smart

You all may wonder how I get to be so smart

People often ask me how I manage to remain so well informed. (Full disclosure: one person did ask me this some time ago.) This is my secret. Firstly, when reading the newspaper I skip over all of the unimportant stuff like Syria, Lebanon, and the Middle East, etc., in search of those items that are […]