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  • November 8, 2011
    on Dec 1, 2011 in November 8 2011
    It is with great sadness to report that my father passed away on November 8. He was so brave and strong to the very end. His family will never forget his grace, dignity and integrity during these last two years as he struggled with the effects from...
  • Update On Mort's Condition
    on Dec 12, 2009
    He is slowly recovering. He is now in his third medical facility – a subacute rehab. in NJ where he is working to get back on his feet (with the help of a walker). He is sadly also dealing with other serious medical problems. He is no longer a re...
  • To the loyal readers of Octogenarian
    on Oct 25, 2009
    This is being written by Mort's wife...About 10 days ago Mort was severely injured while driving his car out of his garage.He's had two back surgeries and has not regained mobility in one of his legs.It will take months of rehab before he's back writ...
  • MEMOIR: When Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas rented my old apartmentAfter sharing apartments in Washington, D.C. for three years with other young bachelors, I reached a sufficient state of affluence in 1951 to rent my own apartment. My new home was Apartment 233 at 3701 Connecticut Ave., N.W. It was defined as a "stu...
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer vs. Marc Chagall
    on Sep 24, 2009 in art shtetl Cezanne Monet
    Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Nobel laureate in literature who wrote in Yiddish, is my favorite author. In 1975, taking a break from my regular work as a journalist who specialized in business, I wrote profiles about him that were published in the New Y...
  • Farewell to New Jersey
    on Sep 18, 2009 in snowbirds home ownership Florida
    For the past 24 years, my wife (born and raised in Boston) and I (born and raised in New York City) have lived in New Jersey. For 18 of those years, as retirees we have been "snow birds" with a winter home in Florida. But now my wife and I have reluc...
  • Jimmy Carter: Enemy of peaceI don't normally publish material written by others on this blog. I am making an exception here to publicize this article by Israeli journalist Ben-Dror Yemini, which exposes ex-President Jimmy Carter as a phony "peace activist." As an accomplished I...
  • MEMOIR: How I almost became a TexanGeorge W. Bush was born in New Haven, Conn. to a patrician family of staid New Englanders. When he was a child, the family moved to Midland, Texas. Their new home town was then a small, bustling oil town that was culturally and socially far removed f...
  • The unwinnable war in Afghanistan
    on Aug 31, 2009 in Iraq Taliban Pakistan Al-Qaeda
    I rarely agree with Pat Buchanan, the right-wing pundit and onetime Presidential candidate, on anything. But there is one issue on which we do agree: the war in Afghanistan. In a recent column, Buchanan described the war as "unwinnable" and called fo...
  • My love affair with the Yiddish language
    on Aug 10, 2009 in Sephardim Mizrahim Ashkenazim Hasidim
    I can no longer speak the language in which, according to my parents, I uttered my first words as a small child. The language is Yiddish, the native tongue of East European Jews.Although I can no longer speak Yiddish, largely because of disuse, I can...
  • The tormented Robert McNamaraMy local newspaper recently carried an editorial cartoon showing Robert McNamara, the controversial former Secretary of Defense who died on July 6, standing in front of St. Peter in heaven."There are 58,000 soldiers in here who'd like to have a word...
  • MEMOIR: Returning to Washington from New YorkIn November 1949 I returned to Washington, D.C. to begin work for the U.S. Labor Dept.'s Bureau of Labor Statistics as a press officer and editor. I had moved back to New York City three months earlier after having lost a similar job with the U.S. In...
  • The Michael Jackson hysteria
    on Jul 9, 2009 in dancing African-American singing
    Maybe because I am a geriatric sourpuss, I find it hard to stomach the widespread hysteria over the death of Michael Jackson and the worldwide celebration of his musical talents.I have never been able to understand the lyrics of his songs. And althou...
  • A tale of computer woe
    on Jun 28, 2009 in viruses Baku computer hoax
    I've been cut off from the blogosphere ever since my computer crashed more than a week ago. The problem began when a pop-up message box appeared on my screen warning me that the computer was heavily infected by worms and viruses.The warning came not...
  • It is a "small world" on the Internet
    on Jun 12, 2009 in ball playing Minsk piano Sukoenig
    I posted a piece on this blog entitled "My life with music" this past April 4. In it I bemoaned the fact that, as a boy in the mid 1930s, I foolishly turned down a chance to take piano lessons because the lessons would interfere with playing ball. My...
  • What Obama didn't say in Cairo
    on Jun 6, 2009
    I've been pondering how to comment on President Obama's speech this past week in Cairo. He succeeded in mending the U.S. relationship with the Islamic world. But in trying to be even-handed between the Israelis and the Palestinians, he overlooked som...
  • Ending a "sabbatical" to comment on a horrendous crimeI've been on a sort of sabbatical leave from blogging over the past three weeks as my wife and I have gone through the logistical discomfort of moving back to our New Jersey home from our winter residence in Florida. I often wonder how people like Se...
  • Right-wing paranoia
    on May 10, 2009 in Christians Bush Obama Jews Israel
    I have received a curious comment on my April 20 post, "The right-wing malcontents are bashing Obama." It was written by a highly educated, articulate reader who occasionally visits and comments on my blog.She wrote: "Just because [Obama] is coming a...
  • Lamenting the decline of the print media
    on May 6, 2009 in daily newspapers magazines Internet
    In the previous post on this blog (April 28), I published a poem by my wife Sybil, lamenting her entrance into the ranks of the octogenarians. Now I have a lament of my own to write. But mine involves a matter far removed from the personal issue of a...
  • My wife Sybil's octogenarian's lament
    on Apr 28, 2009
    We now have two octogenarians in my family. My wife Sybil has just turned 80. A group of her friends are celebrating the event this week with a birthday party in her honor. She has comosed this poem to read to them...AN OCTOGENARIAN'S LAMENTI look in...
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