Follow The Leaders?

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for Dove

Last week I was at the memorial service for the father of a young friend. He had been an elder in one of the sects that had sprung ... READ MORE

Adolf Hitler's Mother

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Lately, Ive been going through a creative dry patch. This happens to me regularly, and my first response is almost always to despair that ... READ MORE

Love Drive-Bys

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I learned recently that a friend I have not seen in years has inoperable cancer. We have much history between us long ago we ran a non-profit ... READ MORE

The Joy of Cooking

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for Alonzo King and the LINES dancers

Alonzo King, the choreographer and founder of the LINES Ballet Company, told us at an open rehearsal ... READ MORE

Suspending Judgement

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for Nicole Milner

My friend Nicole has a pair of suspenders hanging on her wall, with a sign saying, SUSPEND JUDGMENT. Its fine ... READ MORE

Wild and Rad-ish

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for the radishes

Sometimes it feels like were living in the middle of a Greek tragedy. Just read the daily newspaper: labor suspects ... READ MORE

From Where I Stand

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For Julie Shearer

My friend Julie writes gorgeous songs about love and loss, the kind that keep playing in your head for days, and the ... READ MORE

Awakenings

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I just saw the DVD of Awakenings, a true story about the work of Oliver Sachs with paralyzed patients at a New York City hospital in the 1930s. I ... READ MORE

The Case For Optimism

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On my good days I remind myself that there are reasons, even longshot reasons, to be optimistic. Although the world appears to be ... READ MORE

Homage To My Husband

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On the wall of Herbs study hangs a sampler I embroidered early in our marriage, taken from The Empire City by Paul Goodman. It says,

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To Fit, Or Not To Fit

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For Thierry Bogliolo

My publisher from France was in town this week, and we got together for an evening of catching up and renewing what ... READ MORE

The Renegade Contessa

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For Donatella Colonna

Almost 10 years ago, my friend Donatella phoned me from Italy to ask if I would help her die. She was nearing 80, ... READ MORE

Following Orders

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At the trial for his actions during the war, Adolf Eichmann said he was just following orders. Ariel Castro, the man who abducted several ... READ MORE

The Zen of Overwork

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Last week 3 friends complained to me about how their jobs were killing them. One works in a clinic and the other 2 teach, one in grade ... READ MORE

Private Property

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I was at the Museum the other day, and a caption to an exhibit caught my astonished eye:
In 1493, the Catholic Pope drew a line down the ... READ MORE

Jealousies and Elegies

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I have two women friends with terminal illnesses now, and with both of them I have some unfinished business. In both cases the problem ... READ MORE