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Beauty Isn’t Pretty

November 27, 2023

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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Sleep Study

June 27, 2023

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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Beauty Isn’t Pretty

November 27, 2023

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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Modern Medieval Dentist

August 22, 2023

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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Sleep Study

June 27, 2023

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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Free Directions! Limited Time Only!

March 1, 2023

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

November 22, 2022

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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Good Fruit & Bad Behavior

August 16, 2022

  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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Better Angels

May 24, 2022

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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Tortilla As Teaching Tool

February 4, 2022

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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Essays, New

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The Joke’s on Me!

November 10, 2021

    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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Not Really “Dead”

August 26, 2021

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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Essays, New

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It’s So Gay To Be Left-Handed

June 13, 2021

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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Language Lesson: “Guarantee”

March 11, 2021

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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Job Interview Stripper

December 13, 2020

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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My Gay Night Out

August 10, 2020

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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It’s Time For Prune Juice

January 6, 2020

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

January 28, 2019

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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Poetry

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Ode to My Explorer

May 29, 2020

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”

March 11, 2021

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

August 6, 2020

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

September 14, 2019

  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

October 13, 2018

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!

December 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

Grandpa Artie’s Tools

November 22, 2022

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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Not Really “Dead”

August 26, 2021

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

January 6, 2020

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

January 28, 2019

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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People

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

August 6, 2020

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, 2018

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

Nature

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Where Can I Find Geodes?

November 27, 2017

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

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History Channel: Lots of Good Food for Thought

May 11, 2017

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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Lifestyle Elements

Sixty-Two of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

September 14, 2019

  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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Lifestyle, New

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Why a Fountain Pen?

March 13, 2019

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

October 13, 2018

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!

June 11, 2018

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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A Hobby for Everyone

March 7, 2018

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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History Channel: Lots of Good Food for Thought

May 11, 2017

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

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

December 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”

June 20, 2019

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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Essays, Musings, New

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Modern Medieval Dentist

August 22, 2023

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

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

August 6, 2020

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

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Essays, New

5705

Beauty Isn’t Pretty

November 27, 2023

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

Read article

Essays, New, Trending

3533

Sleep Study

June 27, 2023

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

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Essays, New

2968

Free Directions! Limited Time Only!

March 1, 2023

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

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Grandpa Artie’s Tools

November 22, 2022

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

Read article

Essays, New

5116

Good Fruit & Bad Behavior

August 16, 2022

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

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Essays, New

4766

Better Angels

May 24, 2022

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

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Essays, New

6950

Tortilla As Teaching Tool

February 4, 2022

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

Read article

Essays, New

6983

The Joke’s on Me!

November 10, 2021

    During one of my earlier trips to a Chinese Hot Pot buffet, after...

Read article

Not Really “Dead”

August 26, 2021

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

Read article

Essays, New

11451

It’s So Gay To Be Left-Handed

June 13, 2021

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

Read article

Language Lesson: “Guarantee”

March 11, 2021

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

Read article

Essays, New

5119

Job Interview Stripper

December 13, 2020

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

Read article

Essays, New

4033

My Gay Night Out

August 10, 2020

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

Read article

New, Poetry

5013

Ode to My Explorer

May 29, 2020

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

Read article

It’s Time For Prune Juice

January 6, 2020

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

Read article

Sixty-Two of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

September 14, 2019

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

Read article

“Another Myth of the Mayas”

June 20, 2019

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

Read article