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Hermine Blau

In every community there is a small number of special people captured by the adjective “colorful.” They attract attention not because they try to but because of who...

Above the stars

A young boy once went to the circus and was astonished when he saw that there was a giant elephant tethered to the ground by a thin rope. Curious, he walked over to the...

The world didn’t end, but…

Every job has its regular rhythm as well as its seasons. At the IJN, January is what we call “Rockower season.” It’s when we parse everything we’ve published in...

Overreach

Last week I wrote how crisis can be broadening. This week I’m reminded that crisis can be used to gain deeper, possibly illegal, powers. That’s what I think of when...

Have we lost the ability to govern ourselves?

My friend David Boyles suggested even before the January 6 incident at the US Capitol, “We have lost the ability to govern ourselves.” Perhaps I am in denial, but I...

Dining out

One of the tangible ways in which a COVID change is perceptible here in New York are the streets themselves. New York always had a good dining scene. People would come...

My friend Will Hiatt

One could make many mistakes about the late Will Hiatt. He was a strapping, handsome man, strong. He exercised every day. When he swam a length of the pool, if you...

Another death too close to home, and more

I’m not one to talk about my personal life in these columns, but my absence last month was due to helping with the aftermath of losing a second nephew. Readers may...

The great equalizer

Along with the rest of the world, I am amazed and inspired to witness Israel’s distribution of the COVID vaccine. Its official. Little Israel, a country the size of NJ...

Universal Basic Income

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness,” observed Mark Twain or, to use a cliché with a more positive spin, travel is broadening. We all get...