Monthly Archives: November 2014

Another Language

It’s estimated half the world’s population speaks two or more languages. I do, which makes me a member of the world’s largest more-or-less secret club. Here’s what you can do when you’re bilingual: • Talk with a friend about other … Continue reading

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Bon Appetit

Lately I’ve been wondering why there’s so much food around. European friends and I were talking about that recently as we overfilled our trays at an all-you-can-eat buffet. One of us, his plate a veritable Everest of pork products––sausage links … Continue reading

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Explaining Thanksgiving to the French

For decades prior to his death last year, 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 was leaked … Continue reading

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The Walll

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Berlin Wall fell, or rather, was torn down chunk by chunk by Germans from both East and West Berlin. For those of you whose notions of history prior to the year 2000 might be … Continue reading

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The 7/11 Quarter-pound Spicy Big Bite

Two or three times a year, I avail myself of the best culinary treat America has to offer. I’m talking, of course, about the 7/11 quarter-pound Spicy Big Bite. I’m normally not a fan of convenience stores. I think they … Continue reading

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Twenty Past Midnight

It is 20 past midnight and I am sitting in my kitchen with a now empty jar of Maillot gherkins, a half-loaf of pumpernickel bread, a battered hunk of Icelandic butter and some Port Salut that’s been in a baggy … Continue reading

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