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Of Moms and Madness: A Brief Memoir

Of Moms and Madness: A Brief Memoir

May’s milestones include May Day itself, which is also Labor Day in Mexico; the National day of Prayer and, probably little-known to non-Muslims, Eid al-Fitr, which is the conclusion of the month-long dawn-to-dusk fast of Ramadan and a test of your pronunciation skills. Sometimes, “sound it out” is woefully inept advice.

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For My Daughter, on the Eve of Her 35th Birthday

For My Daughter, on the Eve of Her 35th Birthday

My daughter—writer-director-singer-actress-publisher Jessica Laskey—turns 35 tomorrow. This happens to be the same age her mom and I were when she was born on Easter Sunday in 1986, completely upsetting our brunch plans.

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Is Doing One’s Bills By Hand A Retro Pleasure?

Is Doing One’s Bills By Hand A Retro Pleasure?

As we’ve learned, I’m a dinosaur who just happens to wear pants and has a mortgage.

Examples: I have a desk calendar (paper) and don’t enter any appointments in my cellphone. When people send me meeting confirmations in Outlook, they show up on my computer as completely blank messages, possibly because I don’t use Outlook. This also explains why I’ve never won the Lottery. I’ve never bought a ticket.

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Has the Pandemic Curbed Constant Whining?

Has the Pandemic Curbed Constant Whining?

The head of research for The Goldman State, Delve S. Presley, reports there have been two semi-positive things that have emerged from the pandemic:

1. When you wear a mask people can’t tell if you’re smirking.

2. Whining has been trimmed by at least 73 percent in the United States. Delve admits this is anecdotal, and largely confined to his immediate family.

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A Christmas Story, Though Christmas Only Makes a Cameo Appearance

A Christmas Story, Though Christmas Only Makes a Cameo Appearance

As a kid, I had enough Jewish classmates at Public School 106 in the Bronx to make celebrating Hanukkah every December seem like nothing out of the ordinary. At that age, the glue that bound Christian and Jewish kids wasn’t world understanding: it was comparing holiday gift hauls.

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The Package Conspiracy: Thou Shalt Not Open Stuff Easily

The Package Conspiracy: Thou Shalt Not Open Stuff Easily

The Package Conspiracy: Thou Shalt Not Open Stuff EasilyAs gift exchanging holidays approach, some words of cautionBy Ed Goldmanonspiracy theorists unite! Unless I'm exaggerating, which I wouldn’t do in a billion years, there's a worldwide effort...

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Daytime TV Can Make (or Keep) You Sick

Daytime TV Can Make (or Keep) You Sick

Growing up, I always associated daytime television with being ill. Yet in spite of some drawbacks—my feeling rotten, my mom’s insistence on vacuuming my bedroom floor at what seemed like two-hour intervals, the TV shows, and even old movies—staying home from school was pretty sweet.

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Why Isn’t My Cat a Service Animal?

Why Isn’t My Cat a Service Animal?

Do I qualify as my cat’s service animal? I ask because these days, whenever I head “down-state” (from Northern to Southern California), I get a little uncertain about leaving behind my 18-year-old cat, Osborn the Magnificent.

For the past couple of years, Osborn’s had a wonderful caregiver—musician and pet whisperer Laura Sterner. She comes by a couple of times a day to feed him, clean up after him and, probably discuss a few of the day’s issues. While Osborn’s tendency is to dominate conversations (usually saying the same thing over and over, to be candid about it) Laura holds her own with anecdotes from her dual careers in science and performing.

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Enforced Home Schooling Can Be a Genuine Education

Enforced Home Schooling Can Be a Genuine Education

I home-schooled my daughter Jessica for two days when she was eight or nine years old and had strep or something. I don’t recall the particular malady because there’s a certain age when children aren’t just children: they’re carriers. (And you can believe that if this pandemic had hit when I had a kid in school, she’d have stayed home. Why endanger teachers, parents and other children? Discussion over.)

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Nostalgia Turns to Laughter on a Wedding Anniversary

Nostalgia Turns to Laughter on a Wedding Anniversary

Forty-two years ago today, at about 10:15 a.m. on 8/7/78, Jane and I were married on the beach in front of the Capitola Venetian, one of the oldest condo developments in California.

The service was performed by a nonsectarian minister from nearby UC Santa Cruz whom Jane had found in the local phone book. The witnesses, in addition to some curious seagulls, were the woman he’d been living with for several years but wasn’t married to, and a 13-year-old girl, who looked like both of them and spent the entire ceremony looking down as she sifted sand through her bare toes.

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