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Flowers for Annie

My Aunt Anne always said, “never miss a ‘simcha’- (Yiddish for celebration); don’t wait for the funeral.” I’d visited my aunt several times in the past four years since she’d moved to Connecticut after many years in Florida. By the … Continue reading

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Thank You, Carl Djerassi: Birth Control Pill Chemist

When I read the obituary of Carl Djerassi,  a chemist and writer who died this week at age 91, a series of “what ifs” came into my head. What if he and his parents hadn’t escaped the Nazis? What if … Continue reading

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Balancing Bad News and A Good Day

The day after a family Hanukkah party Dec. 21, we had plans to take two of the grands to a puppet show  based on Eric Carle’s picture book, The Hungry Caterpillar and other stories. We needed to allow time to … Continue reading

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Stones on Graves: Keeping the Soul in Place

Once a year I try to accompany my mother to the cemetery to visit her parents’ graves. This year her cousin Robert joined us, to acknowledge the year’s passing since his mother, my Great-Aunt Sylvia died at nearly 101.  While … Continue reading

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Gun Control: Now!

How many more will it take? Columbine High School, Washington, DC. , Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora.  When will we act? Thank you, Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City mayor for asking the two political candidates to address gun control. Now. … Continue reading

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A Sad Post: A Young Death

My mother’s voice mail message was ominous. “Call me back as soon as you can.” Immediately I got nervous.  “Mom, when you call don’t sound like it’s an emergency.” “Well there is some sad news. Abigail was killed in a … Continue reading

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