Category Archives: Popular culture

Born To Kvetch

“Born To Kvetch,” by Michael Wex. Book This is a free book I found years ago on our Jewish Community Center Book Exchange Shelf that I couldn’t pass up. The cover shows a sullen 13-year-old boy in Jewish dress that … Continue reading

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Jeopardy!

My wife has become a big fan of Jeopardy! and watches it whenever she can. My father also became a big fan as he aged. In his retirement home, everyone disappeared into their apartments when Jeopardy! came on. Here at … Continue reading

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W. C. Fields

I am a big fan of W. C. Fields (William Claude Dukenfield; his friends called him “Bill.”) and I will watch any of his films I can, no matter how familiar they are, especially since he kicked Baby LeRoy (1932–1951) … Continue reading

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An Old T-Shirt Or a Microfiber Cloth?

I’m hoping for replies from you ladies out there. My wife is old-school. When she needs a rag, she pulls out an old T-shirt of mine, as she always has and as my mother once did. But I do most … Continue reading

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Apps

What is the difference between apps and programs? Apps, shorthand for applications, are mini-programs that run on the more limited power of tablets and smartphones and are designed to do just one thing. Programs run on computers and are more … Continue reading

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The Metal Sponge

My mother often used what she called “the metal sponge” for difficult cleaning in the kitchen, such as removing baked-on residue from pans. As I recall, the sponges were more coarse than a Brillo pad, consisting of small curlicue turnings, … Continue reading

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Shamed

I passed a bookstall today, and a title caught my eye: I Was Shamed on the Internet—Now What? Forget it, Kid,  is my advice. Maybe I’ve been shamed, too, but I don’t know about it. Older people know enough about … Continue reading

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