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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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Andrew Pochter: Everyone’s Son

As our nation celebrated its 237th birthday with fireworks, barbeques, parades, retail sales and even a few Declaration of Independence readings, I followed the news in Egypt. This country, with its history extending thousands of years, is still struggling to … Continue reading

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Graduates: Show Courage

It’s graduation season and with that, commencement speeches. Two recent speeches have resonated with me so far this spring. President Obama, addressing the Atlanta, Georgia- based Morehouse College, a historically all-black male school founded after the Civil War, invoked Dr. … Continue reading

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Proud Mother: Honors Day

It was the second time in less than two weeks that I had the privilege of sitting in Rosse Hall. Accustomed to traveling to Kenyon College for tennis matches,  I switched my purple fleece and blue jeans for dress clothes. … Continue reading

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Bye, Bye Pink Cupcake, Hello…

My voice quivered a bit as I placed the order. An 8- inch round, white layer cake, fudge frosting, and lots of purple flowers. Rhonda, one of the Pink Cupcake proprietors, understood.  They’ve been baking and delivering birthday cakes to students … Continue reading

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Elie Wiesel: Never Forget, Fight Indifference

Like most children, Elie Wiesel grew up loving stories, especially horror stories that he found funny. He never imagined his writing wouldn’t include those kinds of tales, that instead, his writing would portray real horror. Expressing his gratitude for receiving … Continue reading

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“Liberal Arts” The Movie; Liberal Arts in Life

“What do you do with a degree in religious studies?” my dinner companion asked, referring to his son, a Kenyon College senior and friend of my daughter’s, an American Studies major. “Get a job, we hope,” I said. We were … Continue reading

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