Monthly Archives: December 2013

MY PERSONAL, SERIOUS, AND TOTALLY SCREWBALL VIEW OF IMPRINTING

I remember. This is exactly what I heard.  “She is pale, so very pale, Madam. She look to me just like a cute little white mouse!” These were not the words of admiration I was expecting to hear then in … Continue reading

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Age Shall Not Wither Her Nor Custom Stale Her Infinite Variety… but that has little to do with anything here…

Of course, Shakespeare was writing of Cleopatra, and Cleopatra was who, in the 1940’s in my youthful fantasies, I wanted to grow up to be. Alas, I was overweight, Orthodox Jewish, myopic, a teacher with thick eyeglasses, so I never … Continue reading

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Today I Had An Epiphany!

Since I’d already passed my 86th birthday and no supernatural marvel had ever occurred to me personally, I did not, of course, anticipate or expect one. In fact, I absolutely and resolutely could not believe what happened and I was … Continue reading

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THE STINGY MISER

Sometimes I walk blocks to save pennies and nickels. Walking is healthful, so why is my frugality eccentric? What makes a  scheduled marathon better than a brisk walk that saves a quarter – or even a dime?  Money? One grade … Continue reading

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“DO YOU LIKE KIPLING?” “I DON’T KNOW. I’VE NEVER KIPLED!”

One of the delights of teaching undergraduate literature in the community college English Department is that the course combines British authors and Americans.  It’s an absolute natural, right?  Same language?  Same origins?  Well, similar – of course,  all that was … Continue reading

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The Roach, A Corollary (I wonder if a roach has ever been a corollary before?)

In my earlier blog entry, “Requiescat in Pace,” (November 18) I remembered some of my own dear dead, including my husband, Professor Morton Klass.  I alluded to a lifelong argument we’d had that started the very first night we met … Continue reading

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