The Greatest Gift

Christmakkah, a term invented (by many) and used by my friends and I growing up. I was the only Jew in my tight circle of Christian friends but we made sure that every holiday involved and respected all traditions that was near and dear to us. We learned a lot from each other. I would

Goodbye November

As we wrap up this month and walk right into the holiday season, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss. All that the month of November represents has never had a stronger bearing on myself as it did this year. The month of Remembrance was filled with mourning the losses of our loved


“What do we want? War! When do we want it? Now!” The warmongers are at it again. In 2003, I took a very unpopular stance. I was against the invasion of Iraq. I didn’t believe there were weapons of mass destruction in the country. I felt the Bush administration was being totally ludicrous in guaranteeing

The Handmaid’s Tale: Deciphering the Tale

Throughout recorded history many courageous writers have been imprisoned, tortured and murdered because they expressed opinions opposing the oppressive policies of errant governments. In order to avoid persecution— poets, essayists, and novelists quickly learned to disguise or mask their beliefs. Examples of writers using allegorical methods abound in Biblical parables, fairytales and fables. In Margaret

Why I Hate Car salesmen

Recently, my trusty old Acura has started to give me some problems. It’s twelve years old, has about 120,000 miles on it, and has gotten to the point where it’s costing me more money than my ex-wife. The car has been great, but, like all good things, it might be reaching its end. Though I’m


The only real constant in this world is change. As we get older, we change. We change physically. We change mentally. We change philosophically, politically, and, in most cases, economically. We can’t stop change. So why is it what we seem to fight more than anything is change itself?   We get set in our

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