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My grandparents were German.  Each immigrated to the US individually in the early 20th century, met in their adopted country and married.  They started a business and had 5 children, my mother the second oldest. My grandfather died when I … Continue reading

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Defining Moments – Revisited

I wrote the following piece in May 2012, after South Carolina passed a law denying the right of same-sex couples to marry. The next day, President Obama publicly changed his opinion about the issue and supported marriage equality. Three years … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2015

My 2015 Resolutions Those things I did, the good things, do them again Those other things, don’t do them ever again The decisions I made, make more – just keep making more of them better than bad. Don’t make too … Continue reading

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Black Friday will not go away until Black Friday goes away

In the 1940’s, Franklin Roosevelt changed the date of Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November (as it was established by Abraham Lincoln) to the 4th Thursday.  It essentially expanded the ‘holiday’ season by a week and it was undeniably … Continue reading

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Half-ty

There is a philosophical theory, as I recall, that suggests an arrow can never reach its target. It goes like this: In order to reach a target, an arrow much travel half the distance first.  Then it has to cover … Continue reading

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From a Wizard

Diagon Alley: A Wizard’s Point-of-View There is magic happening in Diagon Alley. Well, there has always been magic here.  Diagon Alley is the place where wizards and witches have shopped and dined for years, perhaps centuries.   School Robes, wands, magical … Continue reading

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Idyll Talk

Idyll Talk  It is not so much that winter has arrived as autumn has gone.  The trees have turned, the birds have vanished and the holidays have passed assuring that there has been no miscalculation of time.  But the moment … Continue reading

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My Uncle Al

I learned this afternoon that my Uncle Al has passed away. My mother’s little brother, and the last of their generation left us after 89 years. Alvin Woerle was the son of Katherine (Stahl) and Arnulf Woerle.  My grandfather, Arnulf, … Continue reading

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Of Tchotchkes and Turtles

When I was a kid, my Dad attended one conference every year.   We went as a family and on one day of his conference, he would take me into the exhibit hall – and allow me to collect all the … Continue reading

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Of Baseball, and Beer and a Pool

It was time for us to leave our newlywed apartment and look for a house, a home to raise a family.  The quest was difficult, in a time when houses for sale were rare and interest rates were at double-digits.  … Continue reading

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