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Modern Medieval Dentist

February 22, 2017

I could have gotten a swollen head if I took all the compliments from dentists over the years to be a real measure of self-worth. Via genetic roulette (and fluorinated

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Language Lesson: “Guarantee”

February 11, 2017

I have always marveled at how a conductor can halt a symphony rehearsal, point to the third clarinet in the back row, and declare that he hit a flat note instead of a sharp

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Modern Medieval Dentist

February 22, 2017

I could have gotten a swollen head if I took all the compliments from dentists over the years to be a real measure of self-worth. Via genetic roulette (and fluorinated

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Language Lesson: “Guarantee”

February 11, 2017

I have always marveled at how a conductor can halt a symphony rehearsal, point to the third clarinet in the back row, and declare that he hit a flat note instead of a sharp

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Not Really “Dead”

November 26, 2016

Several years ago, on one of my self-guided excursions through Mexico, I arrived at the city of Guanajuato, about three and a half hours east of Guadalajara. When I saw my

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It’s Time For Prune Juice

August 6, 2016

When a new Mason begins to learn about the craft of Freemasonry, one of the first concepts he learns in the process of bettering himself is that of the four cardinal virtues:

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I Am a Mason

July 29, 2016

I am a Mason. More accurately, I am a Freemason. I am not equipped to build a wall for you, nor pour cement to give you a patio. In fact, I’d much rather tear down a wall

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Sleep Study

July 27, 2016

Several years ago I was diagnosed with a condition called “sleep apnea.” According to the world-famous Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.org), “Sleep apnea is a potentially

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Better Angels

July 24, 2016

One day a young male student of mine came into the classroom bursting with glee. It seemed he had his first experience with political protest and was excited to share the

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Job Interview Stripper

July 13, 2016

When my time on staff at a major motion picture studio was coming to an end, my boss was gracious enough to allow me to set myself up in an empty office in a nearby trailer,

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Free Directions! Limited Time Only!

July 1, 2016

On any given Saturday or Sunday morning, in the days before GPS, my family and I would find ourselves on our way to visit Aunt Bea and Uncle Harold, Cousins Dorothy and

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Grandpa Artie’s Tools

June 22, 2016

My beloved maternal grandfather, Arthur, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1901. As a boy, his Jewish, Lithuanian-born parents moved him and the rest of their eight

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It’s So Gay To Be Left-Handed

June 13, 2016

I feel I need to come clean about something. Some of my friends already know about this. My family has known this about me even before I did. I was born different from my

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Tortilla As Teaching Tool

June 4, 2016

On a day I would otherwise not remember, I found myself about an hour from home and not having eaten lunch. Luckily one of my favorite authentic taco and burrito chains had a

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Beauty Isn’t Pretty

May 27, 2016

I like a good bargain as much as the next guy. Okay, maybe more than the next guy. There is something satisfying, even life affirming, about getting a good deal. It makes me

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Good Fruit & Bad Behavior

May 16, 2016

  Several years ago, while visiting my parents back in New Jersey, my father and I ended up at ShopRite in search of some summer peaches. I noticed my dad carefully

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My Gay Night Out

May 10, 2016

Although I rarely label myself by what I am not, I’m not gay. I do, however, agree with Jerry Seinfeld’s, “Not that there’s anything wrong with it.” My gender

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The Joke’s on Me!

May 10, 2016

    During one of my earlier trips to a Chinese Hot Pot buffet, after feasting on beef, chicken, vegetables, and all the other “non-traif” items that I

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Poetry

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Ode to My Explorer

December 29, 2016

While breaking from my sleep I wrote, To my old car this dearly note: We’ve traveled now for twenty years, Through ups and downs, and laughs and tears. 200,000 miles you

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Language

Language Lesson: “Guarantee”

February 11, 2017

I have always marveled at how a conductor can halt a symphony rehearsal, point to the third clarinet in the back row, and declare that he hit a flat note instead of a sharp

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Art & Design

Featured Artist: The Amazing Linoleum Block Printing of Los Angeles Artist Dave Lefner

February 6, 2017

Last Sunday, on “Museums-Free-For-All Day,” a lady friend and I decided to visit a museum neither of us had visited before, the Pasadena Museum of California Art

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Sixty-Two of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

July 14, 2016

  Good books deserve a worthy place to reside. Book lovers, feast your eyes on these amazing libraries! Please click here to read the article!    

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Shipping Container Homes

March 13, 2016

A brilliant “outside the box” idea for living inside a box, and an ingenious way to recycle, all while saving money and helping the environment. Please click here

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14 Years After Production Ended, You Can Have A Custom 2016 Trans Am!

March 1, 2016

Rumors abound about whether General Motors is going to revive the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am after ending production in 2002. In the meantime, check out what these top

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Freemasonry

Not Really “Dead”

November 26, 2016

Several years ago, on one of my self-guided excursions through Mexico, I arrived at the city of Guanajuato, about three and a half hours east of Guadalajara. When I saw my

Read article

It’s Time For Prune Juice

August 6, 2016

When a new Mason begins to learn about the craft of Freemasonry, one of the first concepts he learns in the process of bettering himself is that of the four cardinal virtues:

Read article

I Am a Mason

July 29, 2016

I am a Mason. More accurately, I am a Freemason. I am not equipped to build a wall for you, nor pour cement to give you a patio. In fact, I’d much rather tear down a wall

Read article

Grandpa Artie’s Tools

June 22, 2016

My beloved maternal grandfather, Arthur, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1901. As a boy, his Jewish, Lithuanian-born parents moved him and the rest of their eight

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People

Featured Artist: The Amazing Linoleum Block Printing of Los Angeles Artist Dave Lefner

February 6, 2017

Last Sunday, on “Museums-Free-For-All Day,” a lady friend and I decided to visit a museum neither of us had visited before, the Pasadena Museum of California Art

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Collecting

A Hobby for Everyone

March 7, 2016

Quite possibly the most underrated hobby in the world. Get your kids away from video games and teach them to travel the world from the dining room table!   Please click

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Nature

History Channel: Lots of Good Food for Thought

March 11, 2016

Check out “Mountain Men,” one of the many fascinating series on History Channel, about men and women living off the land. These are authentic folks, living a

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Nature

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Where Can I Find Geodes?

February 27, 2016

Some of nature’s most beautiful handiwork. How to find them for yourself.   Please click here to read the article!  

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Lifestyle Elements

Sixty-Two of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

July 14, 2016

  Good books deserve a worthy place to reside. Book lovers, feast your eyes on these amazing libraries! Please click here to read the article!    

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Why a Fountain Pen?

March 13, 2016

Because you are a quality person, and everything you do is classy! And your writing will never look better! Please click here to read the article!

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Shipping Container Homes

March 13, 2016

A brilliant “outside the box” idea for living inside a box, and an ingenious way to recycle, all while saving money and helping the environment. Please click here

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Little Free Libraries: A Wonderful, Amazing Idea!

March 11, 2016

A wonderful, amazing idea to build community, share the joy of reading, and foster a love and respect for books! And you can create one too!   Please click here to read

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History Channel: Lots of Good Food for Thought

March 11, 2016

Check out “Mountain Men,” one of the many fascinating series on History Channel, about men and women living off the land. These are authentic folks, living a

Read article

A Hobby for Everyone

March 7, 2016

Quite possibly the most underrated hobby in the world. Get your kids away from video games and teach them to travel the world from the dining room table!   Please click

Read article

14 Years After Production Ended, You Can Have A Custom 2016 Trans Am!

March 1, 2016

Rumors abound about whether General Motors is going to revive the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am after ending production in 2002. In the meantime, check out what these top

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Further Reading

“Another Myth of the Mayas”

May 20, 2016

By Professor Stephennie Mulder A very interesting, well-written, thoughtful, non-negative, optimistic piece on the recent sensational story of a 15-year-old Canadian

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Modern Medieval Dentist

February 22, 2017

I could have gotten a swollen head if I took all the compliments from dentists...

Read article

Featured Artist: The Amazing Linoleum Block Printing of...

February 6, 2017

Last Sunday, on “Museums-Free-For-All Day,” a lady friend and I...

Read article

Language Lesson: “Guarantee”

February 11, 2017

I have always marveled at how a conductor can halt a symphony rehearsal, point...

Read article

New, Poetry

1113

Ode to My Explorer

December 29, 2016

While breaking from my sleep I wrote, To my old car this dearly note: We’ve...

Read article

Not Really “Dead”

November 26, 2016

Several years ago, on one of my self-guided excursions through Mexico, I...

Read article

It’s Time For Prune Juice

August 6, 2016

When a new Mason begins to learn about the craft of Freemasonry, one of the...

Read article

I Am a Mason

July 29, 2016

I am a Mason. More accurately, I am a Freemason. I am not equipped to build a...

Read article

Sleep Study

July 27, 2016

Several years ago I was diagnosed with a condition called “sleep apnea.”...

Read article

Essays, New

879

Better Angels

July 24, 2016

One day a young male student of mine came into the classroom bursting with...

Read article

Sixty-Two of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

July 14, 2016

  Good books deserve a worthy place to reside. Book lovers, feast your...

Read article

Essays, New

768

Job Interview Stripper

July 13, 2016

When my time on staff at a major motion picture studio was coming to an end, my...

Read article

Essays, New

750

Free Directions! Limited Time Only!

July 1, 2016

On any given Saturday or Sunday morning, in the days before GPS, my family and...

Read article

Grandpa Artie’s Tools

June 22, 2016

My beloved maternal grandfather, Arthur, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in...

Read article

Essays, New

1190

It’s So Gay To Be Left-Handed

June 13, 2016

I feel I need to come clean about something. Some of my friends already know...

Read article

Essays, New

909

Tortilla As Teaching Tool

June 4, 2016

On a day I would otherwise not remember, I found myself about an hour from home...

Read article

Essays, New

975

Beauty Isn’t Pretty

May 27, 2016

I like a good bargain as much as the next guy. Okay, maybe more than the next...

Read article

“Another Myth of the Mayas”

May 20, 2016

By Professor Stephennie Mulder A very interesting, well-written, thoughtful,...

Read article

Essays, New

909

Good Fruit & Bad Behavior

May 16, 2016

  Several years ago, while visiting my parents back in New Jersey, my...

Read article

Essays, New

758

My Gay Night Out

May 10, 2016

Although I rarely label myself by what I am not, I’m not gay. I do, however,...

Read article