Monthly Archives: September 2013

MOMMA LOVES SPICY DRY COOKED CHICKEN WITH GINGER AND PEANUTS, AND DAN DAN NOODLES

“Momma, how are you?” a young Chinese woman stopped me suddenly and asked.  Her tone was gentle and concerned.  “Are you well tonight, Momma, out so late?” Thank God, I thought, knowing somehow I was safe and in good hands.  … Continue reading

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THE MOON FESTIVAL

Last Friday night the moon was high.  I’d been looking forward to the night eagerly because it was the night of the Chinese Moon Festival!  I’m neither Chinese nor a moon worshipper, but I’d been invited to celebrate the occasion … Continue reading

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BIRDFEEDER

I’ve been meditating this morning on the glory and power and the privileges of being a grandmother. There ain’t nothing that beats grandmotherhood! Being Queen of the British Empire comes close, but then you have to wear that heavy bejeweled … Continue reading

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A HAPPY MEMORY OF BACILLUS BULGARICUS

I walk down the dairy aisle in the supermarket and I am pleased and gratified to see the amazing assortments of yogurt: Apple Crisp, Pink Cotton Candy, Black Forest, Blueberry, French Vanilla and Mango Burst!  Hundreds of flavors!  I feel … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Yes, indeed – and I am not off my rocker. In my life the year really begins in September and not only for religious reasons.  This month started the Jewish new  year 5773. Le Shana Tova! And, of course, it … Continue reading

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WHY ICARUS?

For the past half century I have happily taught English in a branch of the great City University of New York!  Originally our school had no campus; classes were held in rented office space in commercial buildings around Fiftieth Street … Continue reading

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SUBWAY RIDE

What legally blind, eighty-five year old woman with ample money, who is in her right mind, would be on a deserted New York subway platform near midnight?  There are those, my own grown children among them, who would argue that … Continue reading

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