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Wisdom – A fantasy

When I was very young, I thought about wisdom the way other children think about prince charming or castles in the air. As if it were something glistening and perfect and true... read more...


First loves … first libraries

The way I see it, First Love can be broken down into two categories: Romantic love. Other. “Other” can include everything from restoring classic cars to brewing bathtub g... read more...


Remembering Hazel & Ed

So, somebody grabs you by the elbow and tells you that a book written by a little old lady who looks like Mrs. Santa Claus is really well written. Then the elbow-grabber adds ... read more...


Thanksgiving Wish List

Usually on Thanksgiving, my thoughts go to the grandiose, like being grateful for perfect parents, or the incredible luck to be born in the “Land of the brave and home of the ... read more...


100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand

As I was reading the interviews in 100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand, lyrics from the Comden and Green song, “Just in time. I found you just in time” kept running throu... read more...


Character Sketches # 2

When I was doing the job and living the life, I did not perceive Graphic Transformations as a bubbling caldron of memorable cubicles inhabited by people I would never forget. ... read more...


Good bye, Joe

The last time I saw Joe, I was with my family, eating, greeting, telling stories about this and that. After a few days, I noticed that if my Uncle Joe wasn’t at work, he was a... read more...


Whale of a tale

Linda just plain wasn’t a water person. She turned green when forced to take the Staten Island Ferry, and she would confess to crimes she had not committed to avoid going on... read more...


Nobody did it better

I had my radio on this morning, and without realizing it, a huge smile drew a half-moon across my face. Suddenly I started to croon along with Carly Simon: Nobody does it b... read more...


I will pack and train

Editor’s note: This is the second half of this two-part column. The first appeared in Thursday’s edtition. Now let me tell you something about the American European Express... read more...


I will pack and take a train

Editor’s note: This is the first half of a two-part column. The second will appear in Friday’s edition. “God! I will pack, and take a train, and get me to England once aga... read more...


An Act of Kindness

MARJORIE FIELDSTONE Marjorie’s eyes darted to the clock on her dashboard. 11:55 a.m. She had five minutes to get to her next appointment. Name? Name? She asked herself, b... read more...


My Secretary can beat up your Administrative Professional

Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. The name-changing idiots are at it again. All right, they were “at it” a bunch of years ago, but since what used to be called “Secretary’s Day” is just a hop ... read more...


Kicking and screaming all the way

It has always been impossible for me to think about my favorite writers without imagining them hunched over manuscripts, their brains filled with plots, characters, and climax... read more...


Have you ever kissed a book?

Oops. Please excuse me. A little crowded here on the shelf, and I didn’t see you sitting there beside me. Bit on the skinny side, aren’t you? I almost squashed you! So sorry. ... read more...



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