The old ranch house, July 2022 Ours is not a particularly patriotic clan. We are not a particularly Christian family either, though we count some of…
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I no longer sell subscriptions, but I do welcome occasional tips of any size, large or small. You can safely and securely “Buy Me a Coffee” by clicking…
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It is a bitter thing to lose a battle. It is bitterer still to hear the chortling and the hosannas of the winning side as they celebrate a…
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Yesterday morning, Mama took her seat in the living room at five minutes to seven. I brought her coffee – dark, strong and unsweetened – in a mug with a…
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“What book do you think is the Great American Novel?” I asked Diana Hardy, my 10th grade English teacher. Ms. Hardy smiled. “Do you mean besides…
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Several years ago, when I was still involved in the Kabbalah Centre, I went to see my favorite teacher. Ruthie was warm and demonstrative, loud and…
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I turned 55 two weeks ago, and received a precious compliment. I worked the 6-2 shift at Trader Joe’s on my birthday, and during my final hour on the…
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In my letter yesterday, I mentioned that paid subscriptions would resume, but only as a donation of support; all letters would be public. A strong…
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First, an announcement: I’m turning paid subscriptions back on. I turned them off in December, as I grew increasingly despairing about my ability to…
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“Darling, I’m afraid I have some bad news.” I’ve called mama from my car driving home from work. I hear the sadness and seriousness in her tone, and I…
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Thirty-three years ago today I moved to L.A. I turned 22 on May 22, 1989. The next day, I walked in cap and gown across the stage of Berkeley’s…
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In the late 1990s, I was bitten by the marathoning bug. I was trying to stay sober, which in my case meant both putting down the bottle and staying out…
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