Category Archives: commentary

Fiddler in Yiddish

  “A fidler afn dakh, arop fun zinen, ha?” That’s Yiddish for “A fiddler on the roof—sounds crazy, no?” It’s the opening line of the 1964 musical, Fiddler on the Roof, based on stories by Sholem Aleichem  about Tevye the Dairyman … Continue reading

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Building Bridges: Better Angels

Engagement is more productive than hate. Knowledge is more powerful than ignorance. With this in mind, I’ve been looking for ways to interact with people whose political views are opposed to mine. I worry about the world I’m leaving my … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday: Frankenstein & Little Women

What writer wouldn’t want to say their book has never been out of print? That their book captivates generation after generation, and continues to inspire countless retellings, radio shows, movies, plays, and cartoons? Two women writers share these distinctions and … Continue reading

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Celebrating Heroes

The distractions of current events keep us from celebrating true heroes. Over the past several days, the winners of the Nobel Prize have been named in fields of medicine, chemistry, physics, and peace. These individuals have dedicated their lives to the … Continue reading

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Gun Control: WHEN?

I’ve been fortunate to have worked in two professions: journalism and education. As a newspaper reporter in Danbury, CT, I covered local government: everything from elections to zoning meetings. I attended lengthy Board of Education meetings and would return to … Continue reading

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What A Wonderful World?

This morning I attended my 4-year-old grandson’s end of year show. The class had studied the earth’s biomes all year and each child wore a different costume and sang songs to reflect the many different climates and animals on the … Continue reading

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Facing History: Removing Statues

A statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims (1813-1883) was removed from New York City’s Central Park yesterday, after holding court for 84 years. Sims, dubbed “the father of gynecology,” performed surgical experiments on female slaves without anesthesia. His statue will … Continue reading

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