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We had heard stories about families fracturing and dis-inviting members to Thanksgiving for voting the wrong way in the election.
As we motored up to Cape Cod for our annual gathering, there was no worry about that happening in our clan. We all were born into Eisenhower Republican families, and some of us had morphed into Democrats and Independents. But no one, as far as we knew, had lurched into Trump World. There would be no angry confrontations, no finger-pointing. It never, miraculously, became a topic of conversation at the dinner table. (more…)
I turned 70 on Thursday.
I’m not depressed about it. I’m not wild about it. I am mostly surprised by it. (more…)
One thing we agreed on this summer was that we’d take the ferry to Block Island. Surely there were many other agreements. Surely there were. Give me a minute. (more…)
I was a newspaperman for 25 years at a string of some pretty good dailies, including the Los Angeles Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer, which in the 1980s, when I was there, was the third best paper in the country.
They are both embarrassments now, pummeled by a market transformed by the internet and a series of unwise sales to buyers who thought some money could be wrung from them. That they still publish at all is something of a miracle since traditional revenue streams have all but dried up. (more…)
A while back, Sally Struthers, after her run as the zany daughter, Gloria Stivik, on “All in the Family,” made soulful TV entreaties to send money to help starving children in developing countries. (more…)