Monthly Archives: August 2013

WALKING IN NYC! NOTHING PEDESTRIAN ABOUT IT

 I am an obedient, octogenarian pedestrian, who reluctantly and perilously walks daily though I only dimly see street names or crossing lights.  I’d always loved to walk and particularly in my city, but recently a circulatory problem, claudication, (a pretty … Continue reading

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EVENINGS NOW DURING RUSH HOUR, I ALWAYS GET A SEAT…. A GRANDMOTHER’S MEDITATION

Evenings, now, I always get a seat on the #1 train – during rush hour! It’s the perk that comes with the white hair, the wrinkles, and the overstuffed brief case.  I qualify. And this infinite courtesy gives me ample … Continue reading

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THE MISS HAVISHAM SYNDROME

I would never have thought myself vulnerable to Miss Havisham’s odd syndrome. A jilted bride, Dickens’ character in GREAT EXPECTATIONS, stops all the clocks at the fateful moment: twenty minutes to nine, and lives on clad in the aging, satin … Continue reading

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ALL THE WORDS AND IDEAS YOU WRITE BELOW MUST BE YOUR VERY OWN, SO HELP YOU GOD!

It happened again!  On the final assignment of the semester! Though I’ve been contentedly teaching writing courses for fifty years, I was as I am whenever it happens, astonished and hurt. I had a thief in my class.  A plagiarist!  … Continue reading

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SPREADING THE WORD! A CALL FROM OUR FINE CITY’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES

I am the bearer of noteworthy New York news! Borough of Manhattan Community College, where I teach, prides itself on its truly open doors!  Anyone who ever wanted – or wants – to go to college but somehow missed out … Continue reading

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NOVELISTS NEED TO EAT, TOO: TEACHING IN HARLEM IN THE 1950s

A would-be novelist with a ravenous appetite needs a job.  So I   became an English teacher at Julia Ward Howe Junior High School, for girls, in the impoverished “pit” of Harlem on 120th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.  I taught … Continue reading

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“LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST” IS MAGICALLY TRANSFORMFD INTO A HILARIOUS MITZVAH!

Take a handicapped person to a performance of the delightful, modernized production of “LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST” at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park! You both will laugh loud and often. My daughter, Perri, took me on a cool, cloudy … Continue reading

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