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Memoirs of a retired journalist, World War II veteran, and first-generation American plus commentaries on current events.

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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...
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