Monthly Archives: April 2012

On the Bench

Today is a warm day in April, in Delaware.  I am lightly dozing on the bench tucked in amongst the shrubbery by my front door.  The morning sun shines directly on me and my eyes are closed.  I feel I … Continue reading

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2012 Mini-Reunion

This year’s mini-reunion (as we still call it) is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.  Let me know if you plan to be there so we can look out for you, or surprise … Continue reading

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Depends On Your Viewpoint

“I’m just a drinker with a writing problem.” Brendan Behan Two others from Behan: “Ah, bless you, Sister, may all your sons be bishops.” “Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done … Continue reading

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High School Sock Hops

One of my early postings on our old high school sock hops, posted 11/22/2005, was probably the most popular (not counting “Benghazi by Candlelight” that continues to draw many hits each week for reasons I cannot understand) and was reproduced … Continue reading

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The Hajj

“Modern Mecca,” Basharat Peer, The New Yorker, 4/16/2012. I want to go on a hajj to Mecca.  I want to put on an ihram and circumambulate the Kaaba seven times.  I want to touch the Black Stone.  I want to … Continue reading

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Shaving Men

Many men, at some stage in life, find themselves temporarily unable to shave themselves, and, of course, this job falls to a woman.  So, as a public service, here, ladies, is how to do it. First, I’ll get the electric … Continue reading

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The New Way of Publishing

I have a copy of D. T. Suzuki’s book, Zen and Japanese Culture, that I bought when it was first published in 1959.  It is a revised edition.  “Since the first edition,” he says in the introduction, “I have come … Continue reading

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