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Send to Kindle This one has nothing to do with writing. The intended targets are anyone over 60 or so. Got another call just this morning. Here’s how it went. Scammer on phone: Hi Grandma. Me: Are you in jail … Continue reading

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Send to Kindle I don’t use this blog for political messaging. That’s not what it’s about. But trump’s policy of tearing families apart, his state-mandated child abuse, is not a political issue but a humanity issue. As a Jew whose … Continue reading

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Send to Kindle This weekend I returned to my alma mater, St. John’s College, to participate in a fundraiser for its Caritas Society, which provides St. John’s students with supplemental financial aid when needed. St. John’s College, for those not … Continue reading

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Republic Of Writers

Send to Kindle   Writers are known to live in their own worlds, so giving them a country of their own seems a modest enough proposal. Indeed, as they have created so many worlds for the benefit of others, it … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location

Send to Kindle   The three most important things about property, agents will tell you, are location, location, and location. It occurred to me recently, for reasons I’ll get into in a moment, that this adage applies not only to … Continue reading

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Home Again

Send to Kindle Just wanted to let you all know that I’m back from my trip, which turned out to be a tour of riot zones, starting with  Athens, which is undergoing tremendous turmoil. From our hotel, you could see … Continue reading

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A Former Slave Writes to his Old Master

Send to Kindle I came across this wonderful, authentic letter from a former slave named Jourdan Anderson to his old master, Col. Anderson of Tennessee. After the civil war,  Jourdan moved to Ohio with his wife, also a former slave, … Continue reading

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What Neuroscientists Are Learning That Writers Already Know

Send to Kindle Imagine you’re in a bookstore (remember bookstores?) and you’ve chosen three novels. You can only buy one, so you sit down in a cozy armchair intending to read the first pages of each. An hour later, you … Continue reading

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A Writer, an Agent, and an Editor walked into a bar…

Send to Kindle   A writer, an agent, and an editor walked into a bar.   “What’ll it be?” asked the bartender.   “Scotch,” she said.   I’ll admit right up front that I had reservations about starting this blog. … Continue reading

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