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I'm 86. Legally blind. But a force to be reckoned with!

MY EYES BETRAYED ME; I COULD HEAR BUT NOT SEE BRITTEN’S “MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”

There I was, lucky enough to be at the glorious Met, in the third row.  My generous daughter had splurged on a ticket for me.  She and her husband were also going, but they were sitting in cheaper seats in … Continue reading

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GOD BLESS AND FOREVER KEEP THE NUMBER 1 TRAIN ON THE NEW YORK IRT LINE. AMEN!

I don’t mean to play favorites.  Honestly, I use and appreciate all the subway lines the city offers, but I travel to and from work, and to my children’s home on the #1.  So I know it pretty well. Since I … Continue reading

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PRESENT TENSE: A STORY

Harry puts the roast in the pre-warmed oven following Louise’s specific instructions, and then he forgets all about it.  When she arrives she is frantic, but Harry hasn’t noticed smell or smoke.  He is in his study reading Margaret Fuller’s, … Continue reading

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Bar Mitzvah Speech Honoring Gabriel Julian Klass, My Beloved Grandson, October 12, 2013, at the 92nd St Y

I am so happy to be here today. I thank Gabriel’s parents, David and Giselle, for the great honor of inviting me to speak. My initial reaction was to go right home and dig out my old silver bugle, polish it up and … Continue reading

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THEY ERRED: QUOTES FROM STUDENT PAPERS

“The grandmother that everyone thought dead was a lie and kicking.”  “My handsomest uncle has always been an encourageable romantic.” “In my notebook, I have a complete copulation of the material.” “My sister would bend over backwards for anyone in … Continue reading

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DEATH EARS

At the Writers Workshop in Iowa City in 1950 the professor who taught my graduate English course said to me sternly after the big exam, “Young lady, Question 1 was obligatory.  The other questions were optional.  Why didn’t you do … Continue reading

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The Limerick Lady

I love and admire poetry, but have never been able to write a really good poem.  I’ve tried many times.  I’ve even been published in school magazines! But I attribute those few pathetic publications to either a dearth of better … Continue reading

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THE VIRTUAL TRAVELER

 I am the world’s most willing virtual traveler. I will happily go anywhere on a page!  I come from an immigrant family that fled Hungary for Brooklyn and stopped there forever.  There I grew up, never going farther than the … Continue reading

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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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