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Little shops closing – big dreams dying

I have always thought of stores as celebrities, and their owners as the lead actors in fascinating plays. We don’t really know these people whom we see so peripherally, yet th... read more...


To every era, its magnificence

I did not come from a family of storytellers. Although my father was inventive, poetic, adorable, and loving he was not chatty. Getting him to talk was like trying to pry open... read more...


A big truck and a little gnome with cookies

A friend of mine related these incidents. Then she swore me to silence with regard to names, dates, and places. When I said, “Well, if you’d rather, I can always write about s... read more...


Get a grip

I do terrible things to my secretaries. I snap at them “Stand up straight! You look like an old woman.” Or, “How can you wear shoes without socks in the dead of winter?” Or... read more...


A father. A mother. A hurricane. And a song.

Hurricanes do terrible things. And wonderful things. We know about the bad stuff. Floods. Electrical failure. Destruction. Homelessness. And, of course, stranded airplanes. M... read more...


Tripping over Peacocks and Laughing at Mice. A Day at the Bronx Zoo.

I don’t care how far away the Bronx Zoo is from where you live. Distances are navigable; airplane tickets can be bought; and when you get to New York City, you can sleep on th... read more...


Deliver De-letter, De-sooner, De-better

Dear, Dear Post Office: My earliest memories of you are not of letters sent by Uncles and Aunts, but of pen pals from far, far away. I would race home from school, shout, “Da... read more...


Angels on the Internet

There are all sorts of hypotheses about what happens to us after we die. Some believe that, like Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” we become befuddled angels on a quest t... read more...


Reality reversal for a steamy summer day

On this hot summer afternoon, when I should be doing somersaults in a swimming pool, eating picnic potato salad, and bracing myself for a night of fireworks exploding against ... read more...


9/11 Memorial – A befitting salute

The 9/11 Memorial is sad. It is solemn. It is beautiful, perhaps in the way that dark clouds on a stormy day are beautiful. It is brilliantly conceived. And looming above it, ... read more...


Lester Atwell: A fine old gentleman

When I first heard the name Lester Atwell, I was sure I knew it from somewhere, and that he had to be famous. I was wrong. I had gotten him confused with Hollywood’s Golden Ag... read more...


O. Henry. Oh, Hero.

I am a writer. That is what I am. That is what I do. If an examination were performed on my soul, instead of hearing a heartbeat, a stethoscope would quickly detect the click... read more...


A race of Gods

Last week, I was driving in the rain from Oregon into Washington State along a road that I’ll call the “Terror Mountain Pass.” Trailing in the wake of water-spitting eighte... read more...


Forgotten Bookmarks – A Valentine to used books

When I titled this column, I considered employing a more sophisticated word than “used” to describe the dear, dusty, musty and cherished volumes that, like treasure seekers wi... read more...


Stagestruck: Two Peters and a Crime

Peter Lovesey, British crime novelist and winner of every writing award imaginable, has created an exceptional namesake in the character of Peter Diamond, Chief Superintendent... read more...



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