Essays2017-05-19T20:27:29-04:00

The following articles were originally published in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

My Grandson’s Camp and Enduring Friendships

My first camp summer was 1948. My parents drove me from Claremont to Boston, where I got on the train at North Station. I spent the next eight weeks at Camp Arcadia on Salmon Lake in Waterville, Maine. “For there’s freedom there, from worry and care,” went the camp [...]

My Father the Elk and Breaking Even

My father was a member of Elks Lodge No. 0879 on Summer Street in Claremont. The lodge is housed in an old brick building on the corner, with an elk statue on the lawn protecting the building. My father used to play poker there, and I grew up believing [...]

My Friend Bob and a Meaningful Life

Bob Abernethy died on May 2, 2021, at the age of 93. He was a remarkable man who enriched many lives. My path crossed his before his crossed mine. Like millions of others, I watched him on NBC News, where he appeared almost nightly to deliver news from Washington, [...]

My Good Fortune and Remedies for the Ills of Life

If music be the food of love, play on. Shakespeare, “Twelfth Night” The 2021 baseball season is upon us, and to my surprise I have gone back to the sports pages to check on the Red Sox who, after a halting start, went on a nine-game winning streak. I [...]

My Truthful Response and an Apology Overdue

I don’t know whether our first president, George Washington, really said “I cannot tell a lie.” I do know that if someone tells you they never told a lie, they’re lying. Telling the truth feels good, but it can get you into trouble. When I was in my 20’s, [...]

My Retraction and What Lies Ahead

This is not the column I intended to publish this week. In fact, I had already submitted “My 21 for 2021,” once again making s series of outlandish, and hopeful humorous, “predictions” for the year just started. Then, on January 6, 2021, President Trump incited a mob, thousands laid [...]

My Christmas Day and the Internal Body Clock

Being Jewish and not Christian, Christmas is not my holiday. Religiously speaking, that is. But December 25 has always been an important day of the year for me. As far back as I can remember and up to age 17, Christmas was a day when my family would be [...]

Our Land and a Time to Heal

Over the last fifteen years, I have written close to 200 “Looking Back” columns. The title of every one of them, up to now, has begun with the word “My.” But it’s not good to be too rigid, so this time is different, and I have changed the “My” [...]

A New Year Arrives and a Temple Dies

This article was originally published in the September 23, 2020 Concord Monitor. Starting at Sunset on September 18, Jews around the world, and in New Hampshire, welcomed the Jewish New Year, 5781. Services were held that evening, and they were real even though they were virtual. Then came the [...]

My First Election and Involuntary Bubbles

I’m forever blowing bubbles, Pretty bubbles in the air Song my Grandmother used to sing Boys State, according to its website, is “the week that shapes a lifetime.” New Hampshire has participated in this American Legion Program for 73 years, but not this year. Cancelled “with deep regret, due [...]

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