Category Archives: growing up

Lilacs at last

Neither my mother nor my father were very green-thumbed. In fact, my mother once asked a cement worker who was laying part of a driveway across the street, if he would cement over our backyard. He did. She was sick … Continue reading

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Born to be Wild

There is something so appealing to me about driving a bus, something almost magical. Today we went to the Living Room Cafe, a place where people in need can get a fresh cooked breakfast, ordered as if in a restaurant. … Continue reading

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“They GREW you.”

My son, teaching English in Japan as part of the JET program, recently published the following on his facebook page (JTE stands for Japanese Teacher of English): JTE: IB, we love your parents! They are WONDERFUL! Me: hahaha Why? Have … Continue reading

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For Olivia

It’s Saturday. Saturdays rock for lots of reasons. No school. No commitments. Time for self. Time for family and friends. Growing up, I spent every Saturday at the Toledo Museum of Art, from the 4th or 5th grade through the … Continue reading

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Or not

Driving to school today, listening to NPR,  I was jolted by the name of one of the commentator’s whose first name was the same name as the man I almost married about 40 years ago. I surprised myself at this … Continue reading

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I have become the Cyclops

Today in minyan, a light beam from the windows struck me and my prayerbook. My mind drifted back to another light.  A long time ago. To our shtetl shul in Toledo — Sharei Zedeck, where the older women all sat upstairs, … Continue reading

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Beautiful inside and out

I’m not what you would call a fashion queen, though I do have my own distinct quality in how I dress. In fact, I am more like an anti-fashion queen. I sport a kind of world, folky, ethnic style. I … Continue reading

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Demonic and crazed

I suppose this is not the best way to think about children just before they show up for class next week, but I had to laugh at these portrayals of children in ads from the fifties. Demonic and crazed, these … Continue reading

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Seduced by prestidigitation

Simon Pierro is a german magician and performance artist. The following video of his magical exploration of iOS 5 is amusing and clever. Once again I am reminded of J. Stuart Blackton over a century ago. (I have posted the … Continue reading

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Ready. Aim. Fire.

When we were young, every Memorial Day our family would join others in my father’s VFW Post 6909 in going to the local cemetery to pay tribute to the veterans. I remember the day as somewhat solemn for my parents, … Continue reading

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