Piece #20

A crisp spring day in 1981 and Mom was so excited when I mentioned I might be able take her with me to L.A. to see the Academy Awards. I had my press accreditation, but what about Mom? How would I get her in? That was but a minor stumbling…

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Piece #19

While most of the kids in my elementary school class at Yeshiva Merkaz Hatorah were obsessed with the Stanley Cup, I was obsessed with the Academy Awards. That is why I knew that 1978 was the 50th anniversary of the Oscars and that is why I made it my business…

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Piece #18

Mom’s doctor walked in just as I was about to head home from the hospital. I was immediately nervous. Did he have something important to tell me? Yes he did. He said, “When I was examining your mother, she gave me this and insisted I hold on to it until you…

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Piece #17

The phone message was short and succinct. “This is the doorman. Your mother fell in her bathroom. I believe  she broke her nose. We called the ambulance and I think they took her to the emergency at the Jewish.” Enough information to spike my anxiety but certainly not enough information…

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Piece #16

When we were packing to come home from New York, Mom was humming a Hungarian tune as she put her little vintage style pair of sewing scissors into her purse. “You can’t do that. You can’t put that in carry-on luggage because they will take it away from you.” “They…

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Piece #15

Mom does not believe in American coffee. She has often declared that it’s not real coffee. It is just tasteless black water, it’s cheap and she refuses to drink such swill. Mom believes only in café au lait for which she has her own personal recipe. When Mom would get…

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Piece #14

It was 7:48 am according to my Canal Street knockoff watch. A bright July morning in Manhattan and I was sitting by myself on a green wooden bench in Gramercy Park, the only private park in New York City. Only people who live in buildings directly facing the fenced park…

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Piece #13

It was a steamy Sunday afternoon in June when I set out for the the wilds of Kirkland to catch a mid-afternoon screening of The Book Club starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. The plot revolves around their reactions to the book they are all reading…

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Piece #12

One morning on my CJAD radio show, I took time off from discussing politics and potholes long enough to interview a dog trainer. During the commercial break, I told him about Bijou and the barking and how I had arranged to get him adopted. “Too bad you didn’t tell me…

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