Monthly Archives: April 2016

Old Habits

I still routinely open doors for women—car doors, restaurant doors, front doors. I am both ancient and old school, raised in Europe where, among the middle bourgeoisie, it would be inconceivable to sit for dinner before the woman of the house … Continue reading

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Head Banging Against the Low Ceiling of One’s Own Talent

Some days it’s easier to write than others. About a week ago I woke up with the germ of an idea for a book I‘ve been working on. Nothing earthshaking, just an agreeable little plot twist that might have amused … Continue reading

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Anne Shirk, Part II

The family memorial for my friend Anne, who died two weeks ago, was held yesterday in the back yard of her house. Anne was a fortunate woman; she and her husband had purchased their home many decades ago, and chosen … Continue reading

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Blah, Part II

The second chemo session went well. It wasn’t until night that the aftereffects hit and they lasted longer than expected. The treatment itself isn’t that frightful. I lay on the examining table and waited for the doctor to come and … Continue reading

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Blah…

It’s hard to write today. I’m sitting at the computer with three unfinished novels, a couple of short stories I want to polish so I can post them, and a magazine assignment due in a few weeks. I’m blanking. There … Continue reading

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Cops

Every month or so for the past half-a-year, a policeman hides behind a bush in my front yard. He wields one of those radar guns that measure a car’s speed and issues tickets to scofflaws. I welcome him. The last … Continue reading

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Snippets

“Buried a dog today.” The man was in his seventies, a little bent at the waist and wearing a watch cap. He was one of the people the food store hired to herd carts, retrieving them from the far reaches … Continue reading

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