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My Experience with the Master Key System

October 18, 2015

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As I sat in the podiatrist office sticking out my foot for my second injection of cortisone, I looked over my toes, met my doctor’s eyes and said, “You know I don’t need orthotics. I brought this on because I willed it.” The doctor and his assistants looked at each other with a twinkle in […]

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What Martha Washington Can Teach Us About Politics Today

October 18, 2015

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The brouhaha which surrounds the David Barton book, Jefferson Lies, has made me wonder what is it that makes one history book more popular than another? Moreover, why do we persist on wanting to believe that our founding fathers (and their wives) were impervious to self-serving inclinations? Today’s politicians lead us into a grey area of morality […]

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If I Could Have Sex With George Washington

October 18, 2015

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This week I had a conversation with a historian about the possibility of George Washington’s  homosexual inclinations (my theory not his). Who are the historians who address this? I am still searching. Washington had some very close relationships with his aides. In snippets of Washington’s letters to Joseph Reed there is almost the longing of a lover. […]

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In My Gut.

December 16, 2014

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I lie in bed and worry. Am I doing as much as I can for them? How has my husband influenced them? Who has joined them today? They only have life spans of twenty minutes or so and keeping tabs on them is a never ending battle. For the past two months, I have even […]

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Rude People

June 5, 2014

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Rude People   Growing up in New York City I learned that it is easy to pick a fight with random strangers. In a dispute over a cut in a long line or who should get the lone taxi cab after waiting in the rain, one can be remarkably rude and mean because we will […]

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March 4, 2014

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The Scientific American  article sat there every time we used the bathroom. I really didn’t have a chance to read it but it involved MOOCs (massive online courses) bringing first rate education to Rwanda. That same summer as we drove all over California to visit colleges for my teenaged daughter, she struggled to find internet access to […]

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Laboratory Cooking

February 24, 2014

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My relationship with Genspace first began three years ago when I accompanied my fifteen year old daughter from New Jersey to downtown Brooklyn to interview for an internship with the United States’ first community biotech lab, Genspace. The lab is located in an old seven story building on Nevins Street that houses artists, architects, a tea company […]

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…Eloquence and Social Media…

January 29, 2014

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My ellipses have served me well, if I don’t know how to punctuate something, I just fill in the gaps with ellipses. My eighteen year old daughter recently told me that my use of ellipses ages me as someone over forty. She cited a conversation on reddit about old people’s use of ellipses. I am a curmudgeon, […]

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The Pinball Zone-Can Pinball Playing Become as Much of an Addiction as Machine Gambling?

January 21, 2014

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As someone who grew up in New York City, summertime in my youth was punctuated with short trips to the Jersey Shore’s Atlantic City. For me, summer time is a time to let go of routine and let the Id take over. I am not much of a gambler but the experience of the boardwalk […]

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Lessons from Injury

December 9, 2013

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It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus Once again, I missed a college trip with my daughter to look at Wesleyan University- I just can’t walk that far on a college campus without pain. I missed workshops held by my son’s middle school because I could not […]

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