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  • CHRISTMASES PAST

    CHRISTMASES PAST

    Christmas of 1965 was spent in Kfar Orah, Israel. It was an ordinary day, since everyone around me was Jewish. From the hill where I was staying, I could see Bethlehem. There was a star sitting directly above it, and I thought hmm,… Read More
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  • STAYING FIT OVER SIXTY

    STAYING FIT OVER SIXTY

    Finding a routine that can be sustained indefinitely, or changed every week, was a creative challenge, but we’re old enough to do what we like and not give a damn, right? Read More
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  • IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: 64 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

    IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: 64 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

    friends Kit and Julian were married for 64 years. When Kit died after years of decline from Alzheimer’s, their friends wondered how Julian would manage. At her memorial service I couldn’t stop the tears when I embraced him, a prince of a man. Julian took care of Kit at… Read More
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  • THANKSGIVING CAME EARLY THIS YEAR

    THANKSGIVING CAME EARLY THIS YEAR

    Our friends from Austria visited New York recently and we invited them to Hoboken for dinner. We wanted to serve them something they would not eat in Austria and decided to treat them to a Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, roasted vegetables, gravy, string beans, pumpkin pie,… Read More
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  • IS SIXTY TOO OLD TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN?

    IS SIXTY TOO OLD TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN?

    When I was sixty, seven of us decided to climb Blue Mountain in the Adirondacks. I’d done it before and wasn’t too enthusiastic—climbing mountains does not bring me joy— but here was a challenge. Could I still do it? What better to do on that particular day? Our group assembled… Read More
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  • THE BENEFIT OF LIVING WITH A GROWN-UP

    THE BENEFIT OF LIVING WITH A GROWN-UP

    My husband Terry takes good care of me. I got my first chance to appreciate how precious that was a year into our marriage when I was on crutches after breaking a bone in my foot. I could I relax. I didn’t have to get back on my feet until… Read More
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