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DYING TO BE READ

It may seem maudlin to some, but I enjoy reading obituaries, especially those printed in The New York Times,  which are considered a form of creative non-fiction.    From cradle to grave, people's lives fascinate me.   Some might say I'm nosey, but I would...

DOGSLEDDING IN LAPLAND

Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lynda Kresge, traveler extraordinaire.   She has agreed to be my first Guest Author, so that I can share with you her delightful piece on Dogsledding in Lapland, a region in Finland, about which many...

JANUARY

  This month marks the anniversaries of two landmark events, both of which changed the future for men and women in our country and around the world.   (1) The Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion in Roe vs. Wade, and (2) the first successful human heart...

LOOKING AHEAD AT 74

Yesterday I celebrated my 74th birthday and woke up this morning wondering if I would feel any different than I did the day before.  No change.   I try not to dwell on age,  but knowing that the end is closer in sight brings new...

HOW DO I TELL MY FRIENDS ABOUT MY AMAZING TRIP TO IRAN?

There is nothing like traveling to another country to expand one's preconceived notions and find that those notions had more to do with ignorance than fact.  This is what happened to me when I traveled to Iran in October.  Prior to my departure,  people asked...

POSTCARDS FROM IRAN

During the nine days of traveling in Iran, we have been impressed by one highlight after another in the form of ancient mosques in every city we've visited,  the opulent Golestan Palace, the dazzling Crown Jewels housed in a giant bank vault, the Carpet Museum...

FIRST DISPATCH FROM IRAN

I could feel the excitement build when the pilot announced we were beginning our descent into Tabriz, but I wasn't nervous or scared.  It just felt different.  I glanced at the other women on the plane, looking for a signal as to when I should...

I MET HUGH HEFNER ONCE

    Hugh Hefner has been in the news lately.   Not because he created another media empire or  married for the fifth or sixth  time, but because he died.  At 91 he left a  legacy of  sybarite versus genius, but we all knew him as the...