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Personal Insights

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...

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...

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...

RECALCULATING

As many people have remarked, I seem to have an easier time making changes in my life, especially as a septuagenarian, a time when some people scale back and others often give up.   Over the years my friends have seen me confused but not...

Evolution of a Blogger

During my freshman year at boarding school, all members of the incoming class were told that, in order to graduate, we needed to complete a writing assignment called The Grandfather Theme. All I knew about my grandfather was that during the war...