PACKING Tomorrow we’re getting on a plane to go to visit family in Connecticut. We’ve known about this trip for several weeks. This time tomorrow I will be on the plane. All I’ve got packed so far is socks, underwear and t-shirts. Every time we travel I imagine that the next time I will be


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    DOMESTIC DEVIATION Art and I have had the same CPA for as long as we have been together. I like Herb. He’s a straight shooter. He doesn’t try to sugarcoat our tax returns. He just tells it like it is. So one day when I was looking over his work for the year, I was


    TIC-TOC Time seems to be a theme with me these days. Last night our family gathered at my sister’s house to say goodbye to my nephew, Noah, who is starting his freshman year in college today. This morning his father took him up to U.C. Riverside. This marks a new chapter in Noah’s life –

  • Vanishing Youth

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  • TEA

    TEA There is no problem that can’t be solved over a cup of tea. Art and I have been drinking tea together now for about seventeen years. We have tea every morning with our breakfast, and usually, another cup of tea in the afternoon. We both like it with milk (the preferred British way), but

  • Romantic Love

    ROMANTIC LOVE A couple of nights ago Art and I rented, “Like Water For Chocolate”, a Latin-American fantasy-realism kind of a tale in which the star-crossed lovers are thwarted by an evil matriarch who insists that the youngest daughter remain unmarried and serve her mother all her life. In the early part of the movie,


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  • Now and Zen

    Now and Zen I have been making trips to Connecticut now for about 17 years. It is arguably the most picturesque place I’ve ever been. As a matter of fact, the whole state looks like a picture postcard. The trees, the rolling hills, the lakes and ponds, the quaint little towns with their park-like squares

  • TV

    TV As near as I can tell, I was conceived about the same time as television – well, maybe born about the same time as television. I guess you could say television was conceived a long time ago. Both television and I were introduced, anyway, about the middle of the twentieth century. I was most