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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...


The Herb Garden

If you said the words “herb garden” to most people (dare I say – to a normal person?), he or she would probably think of cultivated soil filled with edible plants: Basil, Lic... read more...


The Hummingbird Lady

The airplane was about to take off. I had the seat by the window. She had the seat next to me, on the aisle. I was young, confident, fearless, friendly, and endlessly fascinat... read more...


The Albedo Principle

Once upon a time, just like a starry-eyed kid in a 1950s musical, I came to New York to seek fame and fortune. My first job was as a book club correspondent. My name was “Thom... read more...


Johnny Come Lately

Employing my usual lopsided sense of urgency, I announce my transformation from weekly to monthly columnist with a timely (ha!) review of my favorite film. Unfortunately, you ... read more...


Sam’s story comes to an end

Samuel Reuben Highland Park, Ill. February 18,1978 My dear Shelly, Congratulations! On the marketing of a $200 item. Now, you are a writer, which no one can deny. ... read more...



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