Monthly Archives: November 2010

Legacies of Personage and Place

At some point during my youth I became aware that my mother’s side of the family had impressive Rabbinic roots.  My grandmother Adelle’s sister, who I knew as Aunt Nettie, and her husband, Uncle Chaskel, lived in a non-descript two … Continue reading

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Huxley the Mouse Writer

Quick little ditty – not about Jack and Diane, but about Huxley, the mouse who stars in a Starbucks featured book for kids welcoming the 2010 holiday season.  The rumor is that the story was written and illustrated by Bucks’ … Continue reading

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Canine Metaphysics: Man’s Best Muse

Serendipity strikes again.  I stopped into my favorite small bookstore, Booktowne on Main Street in Manasquan, not realizing that there was an intimate book signing with the author, John Zeaman.  I had never met John before and, as there were … Continue reading

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The Fall of Freddie the Leaf

Fall is a gorgeous time of the year in the Northeast, bearing witness to the progressive baring of the trees, shedding their brilliantly sun-soaked leaves of distinctive color. No one captured the spirit of Fall any more dramatically than Leo … Continue reading

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Scientist Turned Comedian

Tim Lee obtained his Ph.D. at UCSD and began working at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, developing simulation and analytical models of population dynamics.  If that sounds boring to you, you’re not alone.  In fact, it bored Tim … Continue reading

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Holding On To Summer

In 1987 Paul Smith and his wife Anita bought a house on the boardwalk of Point Pleasant Beach that was in shambles.  Smith had retired as Chairman of Columbia Records’ Columbia records music distribution division, and he was a big … Continue reading

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Barnes and Noble and Me

I got an email a couple of days ago from B&N asking me if I’d like to be part of their 10 year celebration of the B&N card carrying members.  The note included a request to supply a photograph of … Continue reading

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