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The Great Knaidel Disaster by
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Prompted By Customer Service

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As you may know a bowl of chicken soup without knaidelach is like a day without sunshine. For the uninitiated let me explain that knaidelach is the German-derived Yiddish word for matzo balls,  and knaidel the singular.   And as I’ve said,  without knaidelach chicken soup is just soup.  (See The Matzo Ball Spelling Bee) And as you can guess chicken…
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Rock Concert by
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Prompted By Drugs and Alcohol

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When our son was 12 we took him to New Jersey’s Meadowlands Arena to his first rock concert – a stop on Bon Jovi’s  Slippery When Wet Tour. Later he told us Bon Jovi wasn’t really a cool band,  and going to a rock concert with your folks wasn’t cool at all.   In fact…
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Our Philip Pearlstein Nude by
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Prompted By Priciest Purchase

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Nude on Blue Rug  1970 One weekend many years ago Danny and I visited friends in Pittsburgh and they took us to a local art gallery. We had no intention of buying anything but one lithograph  – Nude on Blue Rug – caught our eye,  perhaps partly because we had a very similar rug in our…
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Elliptical Intentions by
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Prompted By Priciest Purchase

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Surely the priciest purchases we’ve made were our city coop and our house in the country,  and we’ve been enjoying both for years with no buyer’s remorse. But those aside,  one big expenditure we made that I do regret is the large elliptical exercise machine that’s been taking up space in our apartment. We’re not…
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Frances Henne by
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Prompted By Favorite Teacher

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I’ve been inspired by many fine teachers over the years but the one who influenced me most was Frances Henne, my professor at Columbia’s graduate library school. Not a household name and surely not recognizable outside her field,   Dr Henne was a mover and a shaker in the children’s and young adult library world.…
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Educator of the Year – Remembering Milton by
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Prompted By Favorite Teacher

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I wasn’t on the faculty at Jane Addams High School for long before I realized there was something special about Milton. Milt’s job description was Stockman and his office was in the school’s basement and lined with shelves holding reams of paper, school stationery, notebooks, folders,  boxes of pencils and pens,  printed forms,  and a…
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Save the Date by
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Prompted By Procrastination

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Procrastinate,  who me?  On the contrary,  I’m compulsive and sometimes I act TOO soon,  which I’ve learned can be just as problematic. There was the time I got a save-the-date for the out-of-town,  black-tie wedding of a friend’s son to be held on a date six months hence. Save-the-dates don’t have reply cards or mine…
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Brubeck by
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I love live theatre and am happy to say I’ve been to many memorable stage performances over the years,  so many in fact that I’ll save them for another story. But I remember other memorable performances at festivals and stadiums,  and at cabarets and concert halls  – as a teenager hearing Ella Fitzgerald at the Danbury…
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The Inexplicable Magic of The Gates by
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The Gates – Central Park, New York  2005 I’m a art-lover and avid museum-goer with what I guess is eclectic taste.   For example   I don’t like abstract art.  (See In the Abstract) And yet although I prefer representational art,  I also like art that’s a bit phantasmic like Franz Marc’s blue horses and Marc…
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“Do you believe in fairies?” by
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Eva Le Gallienne as Peter Pan 1928 When my mother was young her parents took her to Broadway to see Peter Pan,  the title role played by the actress Eva Le Gallienne who famously flew on wires over the heads of the audience. The London-born Le G as she was called,  who died in 1991 at…
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