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

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

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 [...]

My Rosebud Visit and Keeping a Promise

Growing up in Claremont, what did I know about Indians? The answer is not much. I vaguely knew that New Hampshire had Indians, and the name of the lake where we had a cottage, Sunapee, comes from Algonquin words; and I knew that the word Monadnock comes from an [...]

My White Childhood and the Moral Universe

I never had a schoolmate of color until I got to college in 1957. Reg Lindsay, my law partner and friend years later, did me one better. Born and raised in segregated Birmingham, he never had a white schoolmate until he got to Harvard Law School in the late [...]

My Cousin From the Old Country and Bob Dylan

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. Bob Dylan (1963) On February 22, I went to New York City to see my grandson Jacob, who works for an advertising agency, and my granddaughter Susie, who is a sophomore at Barnard College. We met that afternoon at the [...]

My Fire Stick and Turning the Page

As you probably know, you can buy devices from Apple, Amazon, and others that enable “streaming” on your television. This is particularly useful if you don’t have cable because it isn’t available on your road or because you’ve got better things to do with your money. If you do [...]

My Wannabe Candidates and a Pre-Inaugural Conversation

I don’t usually write about presidential politics in these pages, but what else is there to talk about these days? I suppose I could pick the coronavirus, but I’d rather not. So I’m looking back to candidates I’ve seen with my own two eyes, from times past and present. [...]

My Incomplete Passes and the Glint in His Eye

Like most New Englanders, I’m a Patriots fan, at least when they win. For a long time, Tom Brady has dominated our sports world like no other player. Over the years, whatever the score, it didn’t seem to matter. Tom would turn it around, even if the Pats were [...]

My Crystal Ball and Twenty for 2020

Last year’s crystal ball predicted that President Trump would read the Mueller Report as soon as he finished Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past.” So far as I know, neither that nor any of my other 18 predictions came true. But here I go again, with twenty for 2020, which [...]

My Improved Senses and Old Habits

My right eye has always had an uncorrectable “lazy muscle,” but the other one has worked pretty well. Even so, after I got my driver’s license I wasn’t seeing road signs clearly enough, so I started wearing glasses to make my left eye less myopic, and driving immediately became [...]

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