The last thing I said to him before he died was, “I love you.” He has always been and will always be the biggest part of my heart. God, he was beautiful when he was born with his down like hair covering his face and...Read More
Miss Stone, the much feared and little respected sixth grade teacher, abruptly halted the singing of Christmas carols, “Billy, why aren’t you singing? You have the words on the papers I handed out right in front of you.” She was...Read More
December 2014Dear Folks, As I sat in my studio the other day, contemplating a 25th Christmas letter, I glanced out my window and saw three moose at the back of the yard — a female lying on the ground chewing her cud and two very...Read More
The morning was both warm and chilly as clouds moved randomly across the sun. My three grown children, Jesse, Jake, and Karen, along with Jake’s daughter Annie, had gathered with me for breakfast at an outdoor cafe. Just one...Read More
-XXXVI- FATHERS AND SONS I have in my wallet a Red Cross card, my blood donor card, and the record and the total amount of my donations over time. Spots of time. Squeezing a rubber ball, cookies and orange juice. It’s two...Read More
At the present moment, I am in-between projects – – stories that I write. The in-between time when I was younger, say seventy was much shorter than it is now that I’m ninety years old. Then, in retrospect, ideas...Read More
Standing in the Rathskellar with a tray in her hands, Patti Henderson was a 1964 Life Magazine vision of a college coed: red Wisconsin sweatshirt, red plaid slacks, red Keds. She was also drop dead gorgeous: sculpted face, long...Read More
My German cousin, Thomas stares at me, mouth opening and closing silently as he organizes English words in his head, “You are quite unusual. I think you live comfortably with two feet firmly hovering over two continents,” he...Read More
I live in Columbia, S.C. where my family has been actively involved in Jewish life for several generations. Thirty-two years ago, when I told them about my Christian resolve, they reacted with swift antagonism. I had crossed an...Read More
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