Commentary

dog looking in the mirror

The Dog in the Mirror

Do you believe that looking at yourself in the mirror makes you smart? Do you tend to presume that other ...
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Happy Passover

The Bible tells stories, that’s all; except that these stories cause tidal waves and earthquakes: the mountains leap, the mighty ...
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Gun at Robert F. Kennedy school

Karma Comes Up Short for Robert F. Kennedy School

A few years back I wrote in this space about a public school in New York City that was utilizing ...
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Bob Dylan "Melancholy Mood"

Bob Dylan, “Melancholy Mood”

It is (in the sense of those things these days) Bob Dylan’s hot new single: “Melancholy Mood.” The song is ...
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Restaurant owner Hany Baransi

One Day in America

Restaurant owner Hany Baransi It’s all in how you look at it, isn’t it? “Oh, a few people got stabbed ...
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Three Score and Ten

It was a passing thing, the merest of blips in the constantly gushing torrent of news, if even by chance ...
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Frank Sinatra Christmas Special 1957

Frank Sinatra’s 1957 Christmas Special (with Bing Crosby)

Directed by Frank Sinatra himself, and sponsored by the good people of Bulova and Chesterfield, it’s surely one of the ...
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A Jolly Christmas Frank Sinatra

A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra

There’s a communal feeling about most Christmas music. Maybe this is because we generally hear the songs in the company ...
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Sacrifice in Afghanistan

Reading the newspaper summary of the life of Joseph Lemm—who was killed with five other American troops in Afghanistan two ...
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