Why Did I Ever Care?

Reams of good paper and gallons of ink are being expended by journalists who follow closely the exploits, trials and tribulations of athletes who may or may not be using “performance enhancing drugs. The overlooked big issue is why anyone should care. Suppose Mr. Rodriguez used these drugs and profited from their use. And so? So it reflects terribly on the integrity of baseball. And then? Suppose it turns out that all sports are...

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Jewish Divorce

“Jewish divorce,” like “military intelligence,” is a phrase that creates mirth in the hearer. When Christians are undergoing a bad marriage they seek divorce and when Jews have bad marriages either they don’t notice or they suffer. Not noticing is the standard bearer. Daughter (now that her father has died): “Mama, you were always so miserable. Why didn’t you divorce Papa years ago?” Mama:...

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Raise High The Roof Beams

All of us know the stories of young children who by rights should have been among life’s failures but they refused to be such. Here is the latest one I know. Jacquise Purifoy was 13 years old when she got pregnant. As a poor black kid, there was no prenatal medicine for those in her social class in those days, but right up to the night before she gave birth, she attended basketball practice for the 8th grade team she captained. Her...

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A Sage Speaks

Within these paragraphs there is a lot of hogwash, including the usual pseudo wisdom that people over age 90 like to present to us KIDS. But at least 40% of this strikes me as sound and half of that as very illuminating. Where have you gotten such a high percentage of solid advice before? ********************** Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Japan, turned 101 on 4th October 2012 As a 97 year old Doctor, he was interviewed, and gave his advice for a...

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For Mothers Everywhere

Happy Mother’s Day THE Yiddish Classic – For Arabs – Irish kids – Italian Style - For and from Mothers everywhere – For Dr. Doolittle and all creatures great and small – ...

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IN MEMORIAM Ronald Dworkin 1931 – 2013 “Without dignity our lives are only blinks of duration. But if we manage to lead a good life well, we create something more. We write a subscript to our mortality. We make our lives tiny diamonds in the cosmic sands.” ********************* Excerpted from Ronald Dworkin’s final masterpiece, JUSTICE FOR...

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