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Seven Deadly Signs of Middle Age

Are they the menacing signs of middle age, or simply malarkey? Seven deadly signs of middle age. Forget middle age, it could be old age, since there is a sliding scale with not many fixed points these days. I mean, if we’re having first children around the age of 40, do we not hit middle…

All You Need is LOVE

Not so sure about the Beatles’ song that rose to prominence from their “Yellow Submarine” album of 1964 since it begins with “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done” and I, unlike other children of the ‘60s, believe in moral absolutes, but the chorus has its strong point that “All you need is…

Monday Mottoes – #240

Another school shooting. Yes, you can make a case for gun control, but again, I don’t know that the same disturbed individuals would not turn to bombs or butcher knives. I have a better idea, and believe me, it’s by no means unique. It’s been touted by Psychology Today, university professors and other social commentators….

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,…

Monday Mottoes – #239

Today is Israel’s 70th anniversary of modern statehood and the moving of the US Embassy there to their eternal capital, Jerusalem. I say “modern statehood” and “eternal capital” because Jerusalem first functioned as the capital of the Jewish people during the days of King David in around 1000 BC. Which makes it older than Athens…

On Boundaries and Borders

Coming from an immigrant background where all four of my grandparents came straight off the boat to America, I understand a bit about boundaries and borders. As they say, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Without fences, there’s chaos, but even with fences, there are always exceptions to the rule. You see, back then, in the…

Iran: You Don’t Deal With the Devil

If America has been clueless about international terrorism during the past decade, there’s one country that knows the real deal and that’s Israel. Their very lives depend on accurate intelligence and that’s what they have on Iran. One of the major sources of state-sponsored terrorism, Israel and even Saudi Arabia, who was not necessarily our…

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 – #238

And so the introspection of life in the country and life after a birthday continues. I was rather amazed (I don’t know why I was amazed and I would tend to agree with Nora Ephron that there are many things that shock people over and over which are really not that shocking at all if…

It’s My Birthday!

May Day signals my birthday, a day to rejoice, to be present and alive on Planet Earth. Opportunities to make a difference and an impact surround me. What a blessing! I’m taking it easy, accomplishing some work, and “watching the paint dry”— or the paint peel— as may be closer to the truth. Just coming…