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In 2016, I completed 19 of 32 goals (one goal was cancelled early in the year) for a success rate of 59%. While this is not great, it compares well to previous five year average of 51%.  My previous year success rates: 2010: 44%2011: 62%2012: 30%2013: 60%2014: 60%2015: 59% I also recently pointed out to…

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My daughter Clara is angry that Super Wings – a TV show about anthropomorphized planes that visit other countries – hasn’t visited Israel yet. “Or Argentina, at least! Or how about Queens! What’s wrong with Queens?” Yes, she’s talking about Queens, NY. The place we drove through yesterday on our way home from New Jersey.

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Every Christmas, I take inventory of the holiday gifts that my wife gives me. Some people wish for cashmere sweaters, new video game systems, stylish watches, and jewelry. My hope is often for the least pretentious, most unexpected, quirkiest little gift possible, and she never fails to deliver.  For the past seven years, I’ve been…

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You know these people. These are the parents who will refuse to attend their child’s wedding and sometimes disown a son or daughter for failing to marry someone who shares their religious belief, racial composition, socioeconomic standing, national or cultural origin, or does not conform to their heteronormative expectations of marriage. They are the despicable…

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Donald Trump took a few questions at Mar-a-Lago last night and said this about Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and many Senators – Democrat and Republican – who are pushing for Russian sanctions following evidence of hacking in order to tip the balance of the Presidential election.  His answer strikes me as slightly incomprehensible, questionably incompetent,…

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When I was a kid, we climbed the highest trees. Rode our bikes without any hands. Jumped across roaring streams. Skateboarded down concrete steps. Threw tennis balls at each other. Today children flip half-filled plastic water bottles in the air in hopes of landing them in a standing position. Perhaps this is unfair. Simply because…

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During our Christmas Day open house, a debate was sparked over the claim that the red juice in a piece of raw steak is blood.  I argued that it was not blood. Everyone – and one friend in particular – disagreed. Facing a wall of opposition, I faltered. Doubted my claim. Wondered if I had…

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I’m listening to Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born to Run. It’s incredible. The man speaks truth with eloquence again and again.  How can someone be this talented? One of the aspects of this book that speaks to me most is the way in which he understands the cliff. If you’ve never stood on the edge of the…

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