Category: Personal

Nov 19

A Theft or a Souvenir?

In Brief — The author’s remembrance of his youthful trip through Europe with an eventful visit to Finland. [Written in April-May 2017.] A Risky Act — I’m an old man now, but many years ago a rich great-aunt gave me a high school graduation gift of a trip through Europe. It changed my life. “Travel …

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Nov 12

Party of Three — Second Shot

Note — Recently readers had the chance to invite anybody from history to discuss their life and times and why the reader was interested in that person. Language and time are not problems. Unfortunately, only a few stalwart readers chose to comment. Maybe others were shy. Maybe some folks didn’t know that commenting was as …

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Oct 29

Jews Are Human, Too

In Brief — An exploration of the genetics of most modern Jews showing that physical traits rest in past history and human nature. Genetics and religion are different concepts that can’t be used to identify “Jewishness.” [Written in April/June 2017.] ————————————————————————————————————————————- Being Human Determines Physical Appearance — “I don’t look Jewish, do I?” My lovely …

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Oct 22

Walking Under Ladders and Other Absurdities

In Brief — In January of 2017, the author contemplated a piece on superstition and how we all fall victim to some really silly mythical beliefs. After a period of simmering, this piece takes a cynical look at the phenomenon. [Written in May, 2017.] What Fools These Mortals Be (Shakespeare) — I confess! I used …

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Oct 15

Art: The Good, Bad and Ugly

In Brief — A look at art in its varied forms: paintings, photography, sculpture, architecture, serigraphy, furniture whatever. What is art? What are its limits? ——————————————————————————————————————————————– The Eye of the Beholder — Andy Warhol. Leonardo da Vinci. Pablo Picasso. Robert Rauschenberg. Shoji Hamada. Antoni Gaudi, Frida Kahlo. These are but a miniscule listing of the …

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Oct 08

Party of Four

In Brief — What sounds like being seated in a restaurant is, in fact, your invitation of four people, past and present, to join you for an exchange of thoughts on topics of interest. [Written in May 2017.] ———————————————————————————————————————————————— Revelations of Values — Who do you invite and why? The invitees speak your language regardless …

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Sep 24

The Subversive Illusion of “I Can’t…”

In Brief — Some reasons why an old but eminently worthwhile book can improve your life. First, you must read it. [Written in May 2017.] Negative Attitudes are Quicksand — Last week it was an intriguing fantasy circus with its characters that we wish were real; this week a book that should be on every …

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Sep 17

The Best Fantasy Book I’ve Read

In Brief — A review of “The Night Circus” that reflects the author’s tastes. Will it reflect yours? [Written in May 2017.] ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Dreams of a Circus of Fantasy — “The Night Circus.” My story about a story that stumbled out of the starting gate but crossed the finish line in first place. It is …

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Sep 10

Love, Angels and Devils

In Brief — A passing flirtation with theology allows the author to explore the relationship between love in our hearts, those we feel are our angels and the bad things that can make life miserable. [Written in April-May 2017.] ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Life is Like a Box of Chocolates (Forrest Gump) Your life is like a roller-coaster …

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Aug 27

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home — Part 14

In Brief — The author gives readers a glimpse of the hard-working personnel who care for all of the oldsters in his department. [Written in June 2017.] Hard-Working, With Uncaring Management — The new management of this warehouse apparently believes the personnel are endowed with super powers: They don’t get tired from the long, mind-numbing …

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