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I was already in southern Turkey on my way to Syria when the Gulf War began in earnest in January 1991. I’d been unsuccessfully … more
There are 18 pounds of coffee in my refrigerator right now. Somehow, it helps me feel safe. I am aware this makes no sense. But for me, coffee … more
I can count on the fingers of one hand the times the universe has surprised me with bits of unexpected joy these last few months. Don’t get … more
When this whole thing started, the family indulged in these long, elaborate breakfasts since there was no place anyone had to be, … more
In this era of social distancing, being out of the loop has been an adjustment, especially since there are no loops to be in. With meetings … more
I have been bombarded with this phrase through emails, ads on TV, radio, news media and everyday conversations. But it doesn’t resonate with me. The … more
The Key Peninsula, like the rest of the world, is beset by turbulent times. COVID-19, financial upheaval and social reorganization are … more
I’m 89 years old. I’m doing fine. My apartment is pleasant and my balcony has a nice view. Three meals a day and snacks are delivered to my door. Packages appear … more
“Stay safe,” the cashier at the checkout said as I was putting my groceries back in the cart and getting ready to head out. more
I am typically an undeniable news junkie. I love to watch the news, I read all types of news outlets throughout the day, and I can identify my favorite cable … more
Well, you’ve done it. You’ve spread beyond China to every state in the U.S. and most countries on Earth. You’re a celebrity! As a … more
In August 1984, I was in the summer term of my junior year at college in New York City, working part-time and starting chemotherapy for lymphoma. … more
“Do not be afraid.” It’s a command heard throughout the Bible. From the mouths of angels, prophets and Jesus himself, … more
Being native Texans born and bred, my cousins, brother and I celebrated Easter traditions with far more enthusiasm than ordinary children — … more
I was in my junior year in high school in Greece. A shy, awkward teenager, I preferred to remain quiet in class. Even though my Greek forebears had … more
Running after a deer was not an option I had considered. That day, strolling around my property, admiring my handiwork, I found the deer nonchalantly munching … more
If I were to ask you to rate the quality of American healthcare, what rating would you give it? I’m guessing that most of us believe it to be one … more
I don’t remember what time it was, if I ever knew, but I do remember sitting at the bar holding up a guy I’d never seen before who’d draped his … more
One never knows when life will give you a gift. Mine arrived at work one day in a chance encounter while doing a blood pressure check. This gift came in the … more
It’s near 7 in the morning on Navajo Mountain and the blue light of the sunrise washes over the high desert from Monument Valley. The Naatsis’áán chapter … more
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