April 2011

The surprising truth about hot fudge sundaes

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. ~Buddha When I was 19, I worked as a short order cook and sandwich maker in a kosher-style deli in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Back in the early 80s, the Catskills—or the “Borscht Belt,” as the area was known—were at the tail end of […]

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Avoid arguments by following one simple rule

Yesterday, I decided to organize a little basket I have near my front door for mail that’s not quite junk mail and not quite bills. It’s stuff I might want to look at if I have time: cheap auto insurance. Coupons for local restaurants. A marketing flyer from a local contractor that was stuck in […]

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Got voices in your head? Me too

This morning, I didn’t have a clear-cut plan for my workday. I had three or four must-do tasks, three or four probably-should-do tasks, and three or four in-an-ideal-world tasks, but none of them had deadlines. There were a few other options—like go back to bed—that were infinitely more appealing. “No. You just have to do […]

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Rednecks: They Aren’t Just an American Phenomenon

Summer 2000. A backpack, a tent, and a sleeping bag on my back. My passport, a railpass, and the Traveler’s Guide to European Camping on my front along with the de rigueur water bottle, some lip balm, and a wallet in my day bag. I was traveling around Europe for three months, by myself, to […]

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