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Racism without hate

WHAT RACE am I? You may not believe this, but my race is: I Prefer Not To Report.

I am an oddball. This is not your typical race.

I should know. I went to the doctor and was asked to fill out a medical history form. At the top of the questionnaire it asked for my race. These were the choices:

  • American Indian/Alaskan native
  • Asian
  • Black/African American
  • Hawaiian Native
  • Other Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • not Hispanic/Latino
  • White
  • And, finally, I Prefer Not to Report.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 July 2015 09:24 )

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View from Central Park

Peace in our time

Last Tuesday, we woke up to a different world. We woke up to the moment when history will most likely point an accusing finger at this date, the moment that will be pinpointed as the dangerous shift in modern nuclear warfare. This deal with Iran? It’s a great deal . . . for Iran. Not for the rest of the world. Certainly not for Israel or Sunni Muslims in the Middle East.
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Reflections

If a tree falls in the forest...?

When I was a little girl, I used to take long walks with my dad in our neighborhood. Sometimes he would tie pieces of candy to the branches of trees before our walk. I would delight in finding them when he pointed to a bird or new buds on a branch. I believed in magic, I believed in the power of trees and I believed him when he told me the “GF” (Good Fairy) had left them for me. It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized that GF stood for Good Father. On one such walk Dad presented me with...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:27 )

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View From Denver

Mad cyclists, apathetic police

HOW QUAINT. When I was a child, bicycles actually required their own license plates. They were little things, about two-and-a-half inches square. But they were real. They had their own license number and expiration date. One attached the plate right under the seat. All bicycles were pretty much the same back then, a lot less sophisticated than now, and bikes had this little area beneath the seat, perfectly convenient for a license plate. Four of the metal bars out of which the bike was made for...
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View from Central Park

Even in concealment

AN ANGEL walked among us. Now he is no more. Malachi — My Angel — Rosenfeld, riding in a car with his buddies Monday night, on the way home from a basketball meet, was shot at by a Palestinian terrorist. All four guys were shot; one of the wounds, Malachi’s, was critical. “Matsav anush,” the news said. When you hear these words, you know it means the person is already oscillating between this world and the next. Malachi succumbed to his wounds, and an angel who walked amongst us was c...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 July 2015 13:36 )

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