Monthly Archives: February 2016

My Mother’s Guests

My mother liked to entertain. After her discovery that the Washington, DC, area had a large French population, she set about winning the hearts and minds of her displaced countrymen and women. She threw exuberant dinner parties, hosted cocktail evening … Continue reading

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Crappy Days

It’s a crappy day; don’t tell me otherwise. There’s snow mixed with rain, or vice-versa, and lunch with my favorite people was cancelled because three snowflakes doing the Macarena on their way down to earth are enough to close the … Continue reading

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Toothlessness

Once or twice in a lifetime, you can become a totally different person. I seized this opportunity yesterday. On Friday I had oral surgery. Two capped teeth that had gone bad had to be removed, a painful and expensive proposition … Continue reading

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Maury, Revisited

My friend Maury sidled up to me this morning at the coffee shop and said, “Did you hear they have a new piccolo?” I half-expected a doubtful joke, which would have been surprising. I’ve never known Maury to utter anything … Continue reading

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A New Project

Ah crap. Stuck again. I was rowrbazzling (Walt Kelly’s great word) along on the latest novel when everything came to a dead stop a couple of weeks ago. I think it’s because I started writing about other stuff—my family, life … Continue reading

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