Category Archives: Personal Notes

07-30-2011 Letter to Nieces and Nephews on Connecting Books and Writers

Dear Therese and Frank, Trish and Jim, and Jeanie, On Father’s Day, and my 86th Birthday four days later, I was lavished with cards, e-mails, phone calls from relatives, and gifts from my three daughters and their husbands. This Father’s … Continue reading

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06-23-2004 A Poem Dedicated to My 80th Birthday

Life’s Winter Winter is what the mind perceivesIt may be gray, harsh, barren, and bleakWith wet winds lashing the earth’s crustTo suck clean the final gasp of autumnSignifying a desperate human endingWith age, sorrow, and death descending Winter may be soft … Continue reading

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08-27-2012 Letter to World War II Veteran Otto Glass

Dear Otto, We’ve never met yet we have so much in common. Bill, your son, and Tina, my daughter, of whom I’m most proud, are happily married which, I’m sure, makes us both very happy during our senior years. When … Continue reading

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12-30-2012 A Toast to Immigrant Dreams

When I told my three daughters and my son how hard immigrants had to work to be successful, and how appreciative they were to make their home in the land of freedom and opportunity, and even though their early years were marred to some … Continue reading

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07-09-2012 Letter to the Wall Street Journal on Nature’s Immigration

Dear Editor, I’ve been an admirer of the Wall Street Journal and its great writers for many years and it breaks my heart to be a critic of so fine a writer as Peggy Noonan, and to be so disappointed … Continue reading

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