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“Beware shiny metal objects” OR “How to die without Tweeting”

In Essays on March 22, 2014 at 10:23 PM

We are – right now – living in the most narcissistic of times. Which is saying a hell of a lot. Have you ever read about Ancient Greece? But it’s true, it might come as a surprise that it took 40 years after the 1970s for us to experience the real “Me Decade” promised by […]

100 pieces of advice for my daughters

In Essays on January 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM

I have two daughters. Both are brown-haired and blue-eyed: a lethal combination for boys and fathers. Both are funny, in very different ways. One can cross her eyes, the other cannot. I’ve been thinking a lot about them and what sort of people they will grow to become. This article is addressed to them. Five […]

My Great Aunt Tootie

In Essays on October 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Great Aunts are nice – they’re like having another grandmother who can spoil you, look out for you, and be outlandishly proud of your accomplishments. Mine did. My favorite Great Aunt was a tiny little woman – maybe 100 pounds at her peak – with boundless energy and a smile that showed all her teeth […]