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July 27, 1969: Memories

July 27, 1969: Memories

Life comes at us in a flow, but we remember it in snippets. What doesn’t wind up on the cutting-room floor of our brain is what remains in memory. July 27, 1969: Fifty years ago today. And I rummage through the snippets of my memory. July 27, 1969, was another brutally hot summer day in Northeastern New Jersey. We had recently gotten air conditioning in our house, which tempered the heat indoors, but it malingered, glaring and humid, just beyond…

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The View From the Shoulder

The View From the Shoulder

To point out the obvious, I survived the surgery that was the subject of my last posting, and have been in a process of slow recovery over the past three and a half weeks. The surgery – a quintuple cardiac bypass, which I didn’t even know was a thing – went well, and I’m told my recovery has been as good as could be expected. I’m grateful to my surgeon and all the others who were involved in getting me…

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Watching the Moon Rise

Watching the Moon Rise

“Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don’t know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It’s that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don’t know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s…

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