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Fathers Belong in the Picture

SHE WAS A DARLING LITTLE GIRL in a black and white photo, holding a tiny flower, a face blooming with innocence and wonder. I picked it up from my desk and walked to the next office, where I thanked my … Continue reading

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Thanks For All the Sugar

SO AN ELDERLY CHRISTIAN GRANDMA WALKS INTO A BAT MITZVAH. I know, you’re thinking “what happens next?” Does she lead the Hora? Sing Hava Nagila at the top of her lungs? Do the Electric Slide? Well yeah, sure, she pretty … Continue reading

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A Dollar In My Pocket

IT HAPPENS MORE OFTEN THAN I CARE TO ADMIT. I’ll put on a fresh pair of jeans and find a dollar in my pocket. I’ll smile, then sigh with the guilty resignation of a purpose unfulfilled. I’m not upset that … Continue reading

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A Number in the Dark

SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO LET GO. The jacket from high school that no longer fits (and stop fooling yourself, it never will.) The “lucky shirt” that has more holes than memories. The empty wine bottle you kept for 20 years … Continue reading

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We Don’t Want You to Know

It still happens to us, we just don’t want you to know. We don’t want to bother you. We want you to think everything is fine, because overall it is fine, it’s just fine, and you don’t have to worry. … Continue reading

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In Times of Trouble

WHEN WE WERE LITTLE THERE WERE MONSTERS UNDER OUR BEDS. Now the monsters are out. The Brett Kavanaugh hearings were just the latest escape, our basest fears running free through once reverent halls. The events of Sept. 27 will go down … Continue reading

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A Brief Tribute to a “Super Intelligence”

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I wrote about my high school friend — not the already famous “Anchorman” one who powned SNL for years, but another less well-known but just as funny and talented one. Steve Mallory to the world, “Stevie” to … Continue reading

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Out of Thin Air: The Broken Beauty of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain

THE MOMENT WILL COME when you know more people who are dead than who are alive. It will happen fast. It will be unexpected, like being in room that’s slowly leaking oxygen. You won’t sense anything strange is happening until … Continue reading

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Why Mars Matters: Elon Musk and Finding Your One Great Thing

NOT SURE WHETHER YOU NOTICED, but while you were struggling to find a new word for “innovation” and finishing that PowerPoint slide explaining Facebook’s algorithm changes for the umpteenth time, a dude from California shot a car into space. Granted, … Continue reading

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I Remember Blaze Bernstein

I REMEMBER BLAZE BERNSTEIN. I remember countless synagogue services, Sundays at religious school drop-offs and pick-ups, various special events over the past decade and a half. I remember him at my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, his smile and his enviable ability … Continue reading

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