Monthly Archives: November 2010

Modern Times

There’s a bunch of men hanging around the parking lot after the 12-step meeting, it’s an acceptable November day and they’re in their thirties to their sixties. They know each other pretty well; have gone through divorce and job losses, … Continue reading

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Death by Caroling

I never have an easy time of the holidays. I don’t know why but it’s always been like that; it’s a struggle and invariably something happens to darken the already gray mood, so that an event tolerable during the summer … Continue reading

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Black Friday

Silly me!  I thought Black Friday was the day after Thanksgiving when we’re somewhat disheartened, having, despite our best resolve, blown the diet by 5,000 calories. We’ve also come to terms, as we do each year at this time, that … Continue reading

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Le Jour de Merci Donnant

For decades prior to his death three years ago, Art Buchwald’s column Explaining Thanksgiving to the French ran in The Washington Post on Thanksgiving Day. The Post will not run it this year, so I will.   This confidential column … Continue reading

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Songs

I’ve been writing songs every since I was a little kid. The first one I remember, I was six or seven years old and Babette, age nine, whom I loved with fierce if uncertain passion, announced she had started taking … Continue reading

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Who Are We?

  Are we who others think we are? Or are we who we think we are? Or something in between the two?   A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in a Starbuck’s having coffee. One table away, an … Continue reading

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SAD

Fall is setting in, winter is a corner away. The sun leaves early and comes late, there’s frost on the windshield of my car and the defroster doesn’t work. This is a bad time for a lot of people. Whether … Continue reading

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