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Carolyn

Carolyn Marquardt

This was her

   The penultimate episode of the series This Is Us shows Rebecca lying comatose at the end of her life. Those of us who remember Carolyn at the end of her life will see the parallel of Rebecca’s loving family and friends surrounding her as she drew her last breath. We all did the same […]

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Shake My Head

The irony of not fitting in

    I read recently that the self-styled militia Proud Bois, who espouse an extreme form of individual liberty, requires a non-negotiable commitment to “fit in or fuck off” in order to join its “organization.” The Proud Bois apparently doesn’t require any corresponding commitment to irony. Also, a group calling itself Moms For Liberty has created […]

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Fran Lebowitz signature

Daytripping

Meeting Fran Lebowitz

   When Ernest Hemingway faced the existential crisis that he couldn’t write anymore, he blew his brains out. When Fran Lebowitz realized she couldn’t write anymore, she simply devolved to what she loved the most anyway, which apparently was smoking cigarettes and talking to people. Both managed to maintain mystiques beyond their years of fame, […]

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Shake My Head

Refrigerator Nightmares

   Nothing will take you back to the nineteenth century faster than a refrigerator on the fritz. (One might argue it’s today’s Republican Party, but that would be the sixteenth.)    One night a week ago, I opened the freezer for our ice cream night. (non-wine nights are generally ice cream nights.) The Gelato was […]

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Little Italy signage

Daytripping

Marinara memories

   If I were ever to have a bonkers food dream, where I went from one Italian restaurant after another, eating a full meal of sturdy, al dente pasta and buttery meat sauce at each one and never getting full – or fat, I’ve been to the place where that dream will likely be set. […]

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departed spouses

Relationships

Easter Sunday 2022

   Carol noted one evening recently how around this time we tend to share stories of our departed spouses more frequently than other times of the year. April is the month that Mike died in an automobile accident, and also the month Carolyn was admitted to the hospital for treatment of leukemia from which she […]

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mini golf

Shake My Head

Lies, damned lies and golf

   I once played golf with a fellow golf writer (there’s a hint right there that this story is not about integrity) who had made no secret of his single-digit handicap.    As our round began, I could see nothing off the tee or from the fairway that would suggest the skill of an accomplished […]

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washington golfing

Satire and Sketches

The Founding Foursome

   Near the first tee at what would become the Valley Forge Golf Club, Washington, Jefferson and Madison pawed at the ground.    “He’s late again,” Washington said, eyeing the position of their ball in relation to the other foursomes in line. “We’re going to lose our place in the rack.”    “It’s not crowded,” […]

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tired

Satire and Sketches

Baby talk

FETUS: What now? What’s with the hand pushing? It feels heavy. MOM: You were kicking again, Sweetie. I like feeling it. FETUS: So? That’s what I do. In fact, it’s all I know how to do. Leave me alone. MOM: We can’t help it. We’re excited. Your due date is tomorrow. FETUS: What’s a due […]

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Daytripping

Boulevard of unbroken schemes

My idea was to find a Hollywood hotel that was walking distance from the theater we’d be attending, with the rim shot being a sweet Italian eatery halfway between. My aspiration in traveling to a big city is always to park the car and leave it parked until it’s time to go home. Carol’s aspiration […]

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