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“Terrifying and beautiful,” in pen and ink and oil paint by
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Prompted By Children's Books

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The book pretends to be about Philippe Petit. But its hidden subject is about how those who listen are supposed to act in the face of fear. What if there are winds swirling, and what if material objects—even the most massive ones imaginable--turn out to be anything but fixed and permanent?
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“Como ameneciste?” by
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Prompted By Manners

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The people of "La Po’lvora," and especially the children, will always remain in my heart and mind as exemplars of the utmost courtesy and compassion in a time of dire need. They showed us something much deeper than just “good manners.”
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One child’s path from marginalization to equality by
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Prompted By Inequality

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My own reconnecting with Laurel took place during the December holidays, spring breaks, or summers, the only times I was home from Harvard. I recall how special it was ...picking her up from the House family and bringing her home for the weekend.
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The Slurping of the Soup by
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Prompted By Pet Peeves

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And he cooked with a smiling twinkle,/His paring knife a-twinkle,/ His graters and ladles a-twinkle, as he prepped an amazing potage.
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A shave to remember by
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Prompted By Haircuts

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“Let your beard grow for 30 days. And quietly remind yourself That you are a son in mourning for your mother."
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A Letter from the TRANSITIONAL RETIREMENT ZONE by
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As I prepared to clear out my office, the authorities began to inform me and the rest of my cohort that a dread disease was raging across the land, and that we were especially prone to catch it. Few of us believed it, but as you know, one plays along.
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A great big, beautiful tomorrow—and a cherished yesterday by
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“There’s a great big, beautiful tomorrow, shining on the end of every day. There’s a great big, beautiful tomorrow, and tomorrow’s just a dream away.”
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Tonsillectomy, Age Three by
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Prompted By First Memory

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My tonsils are out A nurse speaks: “Do you want ice cream, or ice chips?”
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A picnic with Velma by
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Prompted By Reconnecting

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She didn’t seem thrown off by how forward I was, or by the fact that I had not bothered to give her any advance notice I was even going to be in her region of the country! Or by the suddenness of this entreaty following a gap of 16 years.
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The Valentine’s Day When I Turned My Opinion Column into a Personal Ad by
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Prompted By Valentine's Day

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Why not put aside issues of public concern and instead use my column for a private purpose: to advertise my availability as a single man?
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