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The Valiant Ones – Dedicated to my mother

They are no longer young. They saw middle age receding in their rear view mirror many years ago. They are an army of old ladies. Their hair is silver and perfectly coiffe... read more...


Review; Atlas Shrugged: The Movie, Part I

I’ll start at the end, after the credits begin to scroll down the screen. When the lights in the theater are coming back on, and we know that the movie is over. I looked at my... read more...


The Red Red Robin

My bird feeder is a banquet of visual delight. I sit at my desk, try to write a sentence, and am continually interrupted because a new little guy has popped onto a perch to de... read more...


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...



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