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Getting to the Point

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I once attended a lecture by novelist John Irving. He discussed the mechanics of writing The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, and his other masterpieces of fiction. He also talked about how he writes. The John Irving Technique is to write the end of a novel first…

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“Do you think John would like this one?”

My daughter and I met in New York City to go to our favorite jeweler on West 47th Street. She was looking at a tray of gold and platinum wedding bands, one of which would be selected to give to her fiancé. …

Go Figure!

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Don’t hate me, but I can still wear my wedding dress from twenty-five years ago.

What brought about excavating it from mothballs? A few close friends wanted to honor my husband’s and my quarter-century wedding anniversary by hosting a party.

Someone taunted, “Does your wedding dress still fit? I dare you to wear it.” I had to try at least.

Embracing the Clarity of a Well-Structured Sentence

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Without punctuation, life would be berserk. Days would run into nights into months into years into centuries into millennia. It would be like going up an endless staircase or having streets and avenues with no signs or traffic lights.

There would be no more need for periods, question marks, quotations, apostrophes, brackets, semi-colons, colons, commas, dashes, periods, hyphens, brackets and braces, parentheses, ellipsis or even exclamation points! The world would be a big blur.

For example, when I think of commas (which I do a…

An important safety announcement to anybody sending their kid/s to school

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Students across the country are back on campus.

If your child lives in a dorm, sorority, or fraternity house, the institution has fire codes and drills. But let us now turn the page to discuss: off-campus housing.

During sophomore year, our daughter elected to move outside of town from the…

When your circadian rhythm mismatches the rest of the world

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At a recent luncheon, an interior designer sitting next to me mentioned that she likes working late at night.

“Clients think I’m crazy if I send a proposal or contract at one o’clock in the morning,” she said.

I had met my kindred spirit.

I, too, have been admonished by friends and colleagues for staying up too late. The usual retort is: “Were you really up at 2:15 in the morning working?”

Many years ago…

Many thanks for including my story, "When a Couple Goes (Selectively). Hard of Hearing: Welcome to My Life" as #11 on “Our Best Discovery #79” list. What a hoot!

Welcome to my life

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I just had my hearing checked at the request of my beloved. Why?

“You never answer when I ask you to do something,” my husband said. “There must be something wrong with your hearing. Have you thought about having it checked?”

Really?? Should I mention that he mumbles? His sentences tend to run into one another and create a syllabic traffic jam. …

An Affinity to Pink

“Want to get pedicures?” My sister asked on a recent rainy, summer afternoon. “There’s a new nail salon where the old IHOP used to be.”

“Perfect,” I said. “Let’s bring (our 90-year-old, up-for-anything) Mom.” (PAUSE.) “Will they serve us pancakes, too?”

My sister smirked.

When we stepped into the joint…

The architects of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, FL could learn a thing or two from the Romans who built The Pantheon. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

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