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

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

My Jewish Holidays and the Survival of Faith

The Jewish High Holidays are based on the Hebrew calendar. So you never know from one year to the next just when the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) will arrive. This year, the Hebrew New Year 5780 began at sundown on September [...]

My Maestro and the Gift of Music

The Pianist and I became part-time Jaffrey residents in 1986. One day that summer, we saw there was a concert in Peterborough, so we went and discovered something called Monadnock Music. The conductor was a man named James Bolle. “I know him,” the Pianist told me. “He conducts the [...]

My “Annie” and When To Love

“Tomorrow, tomorrow, I’ll love you tomorrow, it’s only a day away.” Those famous words from the 1977 Broadway musical “Annie:” were written by Martin Charnin, who died last month at the age of 84. I never met Mr. Charnin, but I have felt connected to him for a long [...]

My Recent Watches and Trotting the Globe

This article is not about wristwatches or travel. It is about three, maybe four, television series that I have enjoyed and recommend to those of you who have some time on your hands. I considered offering up some “summer reading” ideas, and if I were to do that I [...]

My Inauguration Missile and Honoring Heroes

In the fall of 1952, I entered seventh grade at Stevens Junior High School. Dwight Eisenhower was elected President that November and replaced Truman in the White House in January 1953. He and his vice-president, Richard Nixon, were re-elected in 1956. The Stevens High School Marching Band represented New [...]

My Last Procedure and the Benefits of Age

Today, the word “procedure” seems to cover every medical event, from routine tests to open heart surgery. Those of you who have reached a certain stage in life may recognize the “procedure” that is the subject of this column. It begins with a notice from your doctor that “it [...]

My Baseball Rhymes and Opening Day

Last fall we did not sound the usual call, The words “wait ‘til next year” were not heard at all; A mere five games and a World Series win, We Red Sox fans had no need for chagrin. Good players responded to Cora’s manager tricks; The winter was quiet, [...]

My Grandson and Yiddish Words

I have a lot in common with Solomon, my nine-year old California grandson, including a love of words. During last month's visit to San Francisco, we did our customary spelling bee, and it was tough to stump him, but I managed with "enthusiasm." Then he noticed that I've been [...]

My Birthday and the Gift of Friendship

This month I become old. It’s an odd feeling, since I don’t feel much different. A bit creaky, perhaps, somewhat shorter, and undeniably grayer. But otherwise, just about the same. When I was in high school, we had to write an essay entitled “What is the Best Stage of [...]

My Crystal Ball and Nineteen for 2019

Here, with tongue in cheek, are my nineteen “Looking Ahead” predictions for 2019. 1. After the Patriots don’t make it to the Super Bowl, Tom Brady vows to play next season “and beyond.” He doesn’t say what or where, but his wife, super-model Gisele Bundchen, offers to buy Brazil’s [...]