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You too can be a literary critic!

This post has a point so please bear with me and read to the bottom. If you’re in a hurry, just skip to the bottom. A few years ago someone “tweeted at” me with a link to a book that … Continue reading

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Shamed by You English?

“Stankly Closing Daws!” What, you don’t know what I’m talking about? You do if you’ve ridden the New York City subway much. It may not be pronounced correctly – not close – but even an immigrant right off the boat … Continue reading

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The Haves and the Have Mores

Make sure you’re sitting down when you read this. Ready? Here goes: In certain unknown corners of the world there is a “money-based caste system” in operation. Crazy, right? I read this in an interesting but somewhat tone-deaf front page … Continue reading

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Hot Chicken!

I think I’m in love … with a bird. Last week I traveled to Nashville with the cover story of accompanying my  oldest son on a tour of Vanderbilt and to visit my little sister. At the top of my agenda, … Continue reading

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Math Is Hard

Store clerk: “If you open up a store card today you’ll get 55% off of whatever you buy.” Me: “Awesome.” And so that’s how I went from buying a single pair of shoes to a whole bunch of stuff. At … Continue reading

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Ninjas, Soba, and Buddhism

So I’ve been remiss in updating this blog, especially considering the fact that the whole family spent two weeks in Japan over the summer. It practically provided me with years of material, but where to begin? We saw so much! … Continue reading

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Meeting “Leon”

Have you ever had the chance to meet someone in person whom you’ve watched dozens of times on the screen? Earlier this year I had the pleasure of doing just that – a benefit of being a journalist that sort … Continue reading

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The life aquatic

They say that sailing is 99% boredom and 1% sheer terror. Perhaps that’s true – I haven’t spent enough time on the water to get tired of it or, thankfully, to experience anything that scared me out of my wits. … Continue reading

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I ♥ Street Meat

Maybe you’re the type of person who turns his nose up at the carts found on nearly every street corner in Manhattan. I bet if they called it viande hachée de la rue, quadrupled the price and served it on … Continue reading

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Getting your kids to eat fish

Believe me, I’ve heard every excuse, including the frustratingly irrefutable “it’s fishy.” No kidding guys, it’s fish – what did you expect it to taste like? But I’m here to tell you how to get your kids to eat and … Continue reading

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