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On Morality & History: Prof. Richard Pipes

An e-mail came across my desk from Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum. His father, Prof. Richard Pipes, for many years of Harvard University, passed away. According to his New York Times obituary, reprinted at http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2018/05/nyt-richard-pipes-dies-at-94, his was quite a remarkable life and points to the moral aspect of history, in terms of remembering,…

Marriage: Time Will Tell

June is almost upon us, that time of year when many marry. I wonder the number of marriages that will last decades… and the number that won’t make it ‘till December. Time will tell. Think about it: time. will. tell. Over the years, issues will arise– from money, to sex, to kids, to communication, to…

For the Love of Old Houses

One day, you will thank me. I am going to talk you down off the ledge. Right now, you may have starry eyes and imagine a dream-come-true country manor home with horses and dogs, or an in-town, historic townhouse ready for your renovation. With just a few finishing touches and the right decor, all will…

Russian Children and Security Checks

Sashenka was sure that nobody wanted to hire her. I had suggested a job that resulted in EXTREME excitement and interest on her part, something right up her alley. And now… no call. “Persistence, my dear, persistence,” I told her. “You guys fill out an online application and then sit in the corner and rock….

Monday Mottoes – #237

There are people who drain you and people who entertain you, those who lift and those who sift. Most of life is a balancing act between the two. It always amazes me when those in a professional or educational setting laud someone, yet their own family members or supposed friends don’t even like them. Occasionally,…

Small-Town Joys

So here I am in the middle of nowhere. Really. What I would generally consider a small town would be a big town in comparison to this. The big town in the environs boasts about 1,000 inhabitants. Just to give you a frame of reference and let you know: I’m not making this up. It’s…

Procrastination: Why “I’ll Do It Tomorrow” Never Comes

Let’s face it, we’re human (major shock there, I know!): we forget things, we postpone events, we might find that we didn’t plan properly, or we bit off too much to do. It happens. Yet, for the most part, we have plenty of time for the people and the activities we deem important. All it…

Monday Mottoes – #235

Pronouncements of the negative sort seem so simple when it comes to other people: He’s lazy. She’s nuts. You’ll never amount to anything. They’re moochers. Very easy. I can spot immediately what is the problem… with you! Myself, not so much…. There must be a reason why the Bible refers to removing the big log…

Three Jobs… and Three Jumps Forward

Our three younger kids, in their late teens and early twenties, just landed their semi-dream jobs. In other words, their mother decided to point them in the right direction after seeing them flounder.  Rather than swoop in and save them, I gave them a little boost which, in turn, boosted their self-esteem even more. The…

The Front-Porch Swing and Multi-Generational Wisdom

I never grew up with a porch swing or anything that approximated it. But the idea is there: it may be the kitchen or dining room table, where family members linger long after a meal, just to talk. It could be a kitchen counter, seated on a stool while parents prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner…