Monthly Archives: June 2011

NYC: American Museum of Natural History

New York’s American Museum of Natural History is not your father’s museum—it is your grandfather’s museum. Night at the Museum was a fun movie. My day at the museum was disappointing. Many of the dioramas double as exhibits not only … Continue reading

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Monsters on the plane

Free vodka in coach class—that’s what the flight attendant offered me this morning between LA and NYC. I’ve never had such hospitality in coach before. I hope that I never do again. She did not make the offer to get … Continue reading

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“This Week in Syria”

Friday death Saturday grief Sunday depression Monday anger Tuesday oppression Wednesday censorship Thursday threats Somebody dies each Friday The protesters gather The president preaches Somebody dies each Friday The violence to citizens Tempers their mettle Somebody dies each Friday Khaled … Continue reading

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Promotion, Promotion, Promotion, Promotion

I celebrated four promotions today—from comic to cosmic. Three in schoolyards and one in a graveyard. Fifteen four- and five-year-olds were comically adorable in their Holy Cross Preschool promotion this morning. They are on their way to the grand adventure … Continue reading

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Things That Don’t Last . . . and Things That Do

My brother Andy has kept a Brazilian “penny,” a centavo, on his desk for years. It is one of the smallest pennies in the world. It reminds him of something important: Money does not endure. When Andy married a Brazilian … Continue reading

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