Category Archives: Family

Pipe Dreams of Daddy


I can still smell it now – that pungent, sweet odor of tobacco emanating from its pouch. It overpowered other aromas also his: oil paints, old leather rucksacks, and film developer. In my mind’s eye is a row of brown … Continue reading

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Vacationland is Traditionland (with tweaks) – Part 2


Phew!  The annual Rosh Hashanah tradition is being upheld.  Every year I fret that it won’t happen, that my friends on Capitol Hill (Washington, DC) won’t host their post-services potluck lunch.  But they do – the invitation arrived yesterday.  Though … Continue reading

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Vacationland is Traditionland – Part 1


I apologize for my blogging silence the past couple of weeks.  After spending nine days in Maine, I was on the road again in Utah and southern New England.  I’m home now, after attending a writing workshop where I was … Continue reading

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The Skinny on Questions of Attraction (and Request for Opinions)


It’s hot, it’s summer, the days are long, and I’ve been having trouble writing my blog.  Did you notice that I posted my last post about a fellow biker trying to pick me up while on a Sunday morning bike … Continue reading

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My Show of a Lifetime: An Astronomical Marvel, Nearly 50 Years Past


On Tuesday, I missed witnessing one of the rarest of astronomical phenomena:  the transit of Venus, in which our brightest planet passes in front of the sun.  It’s not even a once-in-a-lifetime event, as it doesn’t happen every century.  But, … Continue reading

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This Spring’s Eye Candy: The Flowering of Baby Eli


Springtime in Washington.  I just can’t leave it alone, can I?  As I walk (or drive) around town, I can’t resist being impressed by the beauty of it all.   Right now it’s the azaleas that are the hot ticket, with … Continue reading

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Albert Einstein and My Grandfather: Monumental Figures with Relativity


Springtime in Washington means a lot of things.  And one of them is the influx of tourists who come to enjoy the balmy weather and the many attractions unique to the capital.   First, they flock to see the ornamental cherry … Continue reading

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