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Compassion for the victims in Lebanon

Watching the smoke engulfed scenes from the Beirut Port are heartbreaking. So many theories about the chemistry of what may have triggered this ammonium nitrate...

Slower, friendlier, calmer, softer

Air travel has always been a part of my life. But due to COVID I have not traveled since the beginning of January — until last week. Just like so much else around us...

Goya

If only I had had a photograph, not only of my pantry at the time of when coronavirus commenced, but of the table I had set up in our living room filled with the...

Privilege

As I continue reading article after article, I am genuinely perplexed by the term that keeps reappearing: “privilege.” Specifically, “white privilege.” A certain...

Harlem is peaceful

So much seems to be happening all at once. We’re still coping with adjusting to new phases of the pandemic. Then there’s the riots and protests, the civil unrest....

One of life’s little pleasures

I have always adored picnics. In fact, one of the gifts I’ve received over the years that I cherish is a porcelain Royal Doulton figurine of a young girl in a yellow...

STOP! Don’t go there!!

Living on the upper Upper West Side, so close to Harlem, maybe a five-minute walk from the Harriet Tubman Memorial and maybe a 10-minute walk from The Meer part of...

What happened to the pandemic’s solidarity?

In a hurry, I was about to cross the street when the light turned red, stopping me. Now paused, I became more aware of my surroundings. I noticed I was shoulder to...

Ruth wasn’t a movie

I was on an El Al flight to Israel a couple of summers ago when one of the inflight entertainment films caught my attention. “Les Gardiennes,” or “The...

Streets, porches, balconies

As I was leaving a house in Brooklyn this past week, out on the street, I noticed the host on his front balcony. I turned to thank him again when he nodded his head and...