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My own June Cleaver

WE were sitting on a sofa talking, when there was a lull in the conversation. Then with a twinge of nostalgia and affection in her voice my friend said, “You know, Barbara Billingsley died yesterday.”

I quickly started thinking in my head where I knew that name from, but I came up blank. It was totally unfamiliar. Judging by her expression, I could tell it was someone whose passing meant something. “Remind me who that is again?” I asked. “June Cleaver,” she said. Ahhh, June Cleaver! Now, her I know.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 08:22 )

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Dear Tzviling

The Chilean miners in our souls

Dear Tzviling, I and a billion others are watching with pride and excitement as the 33 miners in Chile are being rescued. As a regular reader of your column, I have noticed your penchant for deriving practical lessons from experiences in life — from the ordinary to the incredible. Can you shed some light on what this heroic effort can teach me, a simple Jew, living here in Englewood? Nava (via e-mail)

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:46 )

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View from Central Park

To speak, or not to speak

I WAS talking with someone the other day, and the way he was presenting his point of view regarding the mosque controversy at Ground Zero, I felt uncomfortable expressing my point of view. I felt that if I shared that I did not support it, and explained why, I would have been branded a bigot or a racist, or accused of not supporting the hallowed First Amendment. I don’t think that is fair. And this cuts across the spectrum, including anti-Semitism. For instance, currently there is a controv...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:47 )

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View From Denver

A liberal embrace of fundamentalism in Islam

A MOST astonishing and unnoticed development has come to the apologia for Islam. By apologia, I mean public comments by people who seem constitutionally unable to acknowledge the possibility that Islam can be read by its adherents to encourage or condone violence. We first heard this from George Bush, who assured us that Islam was a religion of peace and that the 9/11 perpetrators did not reflect Islam. We have heard the same since from a host of commentators, who all share one thing in common...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:48 )

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View from Central Park

October

I LOVE October. Although the days are changing, there is still a lot of warmth and sunshine without the intensity of summer heat. Gardens are often flowering at their peak before the droop. The city and country are on fire with blazing color. October is the month when the world turns to gold and copper. When trees become canopies of color. With the evocative rich deep reds and oranges, there is the quality of a glowy sunset all around. But there is also something melancholy about October. As ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 08:20 )

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