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Guestwords: Polio Flashbacks

Tired. So tired . . . I want to lay my head down. So heavy. 

It’s 1947, a hot, late-summer afternoon in Bethesda, Md., where I’m in first grade at Bradley Elementary (named for Omar, the World War II general). I’ve walked my bike home on the path through the woods, past the spot where we kids hunt and eat wild strawberries at recess. Too weak to pedal. I’ve made it home by holding on to the handlebars and lying across the seat. A few steps. A few more. Another.

Dec 2, 2020
Guestwords: This Year’s Uninvited Guest

Every year about this time, I would go through the same litany of worries. That gosh-darned turkey gave me no end of heartburn. But this year is something else entirely.

Nov 25, 2020
Guestwords: Secondhand Man

My father was pretty good-looking, with sharp blue eyes and a wash of curly hair that held high on his head throughout his life. What my father wasn’t was a sharp dresser.

Nov 19, 2020
Guestwords: F.D.R.’s Lessons for Biden

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first big job was filling his cabinet, and this year’s large Democratic field of candidates offers Joe Biden a chance to emulate him.

Nov 12, 2020
Guestwords: ‘Mrs. Lassie’ & Me

Every week I hike a Pennsylvania nature trail named for my late friend Jere Knight. It’s my thank-you to her for trusting me to write the first biography of her late husband Eric Knight, the English-American author of the novel “Lassie Come-Home.”

Nov 5, 2020
Guestwords: Caught Again

I had received an upgrade to ride the Hampton Jitney’s Ambassador coach, and was looking forward to a snack and some relaxation to the old-school music of my iTunes playlist. No such luck.

Oct 29, 2020
Guestwords: My Italian-American Mensch

The New York governor’s persona intrigues me, and I draw on my love for Italian cinema to explore my fascination with him.

Oct 22, 2020
Guestwords: The Home Farm Project

This year I finally planted my victory garden. My coronavirus home farm, inspired by the victory gardens of World War II.

Oct 15, 2020
Guestwords: Social Distancing Revisited

With my hat, sunglasses, and N95 mask, I’m even more invisible than a middle-aged, gray-haired woman usually is in America. Not that I mind all that much.

Oct 8, 2020
Guestwords: Trump’s Economic Fallout

President Trump’s three main economic initiatives — tax cuts, tariffs, and deregulation — have turned Washington, D.C., and the country upside down. How has this worked out? Here are some outcomes.

Oct 1, 2020
Guestwords: Trump’s Economic Fallout

President Trump’s three main economic initiatives — tax cuts, tariffs, and deregulation — have turned Washington, D.C., and the country upside down. How has this worked out? Here are some outcomes.

Oct 1, 2020
Guestwords: Adirondack Morning

A memorable excursion into independence at Loon Lake in the Adirondacks.

Sep 24, 2020