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  • Is Sixty Too Old to Climb a New Mountain?

    Is Sixty Too Old to Climb a New Mountain?

    When I was 60 years old, seven of us decided to climb Blue Mountain in the Adirondacks. I’d done it before and wasn’t too enthusiastic, but here was a challenge. Could I still do it? Rock climbing isn’t my favorite activity, but what else would I do that… Read More
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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL SHORT STORY CONTEST

    MIDDLE SCHOOL SHORT STORY CONTEST

    My fellow members of the Board of Friends of Anderson Park (in Montclair, New Jersey) and I decided to run a short story contest for Montclair’s middle schoolers. The story should be 2000 words or less, and had to somehow involve Anderson Park. There were doubters—”Oh the kids are just… Read More
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  • DEAR PARKLAND

    DEAR PARKLAND

    Dear Parkland…and all the others: There’s a peculiar notion afoot that only survivors and experts can write about important issues, but I take exception to that. I was not present in Parkland or in Sandy Hook and have never seen up close a child bleeding to death with a gaping… Read More
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  • CREATING A PODCAST

    CREATING A PODCAST

    My publicist, my friends, and people who interviewed me on the radio have been telling me for years that I have a good voice. If I’m going to be a public figure, and all writers are public figures, I should use what I’ve got, right? My concept has been a… Read More
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  • THE OLD DAYS: Corporal punishment

    THE OLD DAYS: Corporal punishment

    I was going through the family archives, and found all manner of interesting artifacts, photos, and letters. The photographs from the early 20th century showed unfamiliar clothes, dandy old cars, dirt roads running through my home town, Montclair, New Jersey. A 1944 article about my great uncle Bob tickled me. Read More
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