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Guestwords: Never Too Old for the Book

For years my grandson had been writing in the brown leather visitors’ book after every summer stay at our beach house. Then one day he stopped.

Sep 8, 2022
Guestwords: Memories of Simon Perchik

I got to know Simon Perchik — prolific poet, friend, disputator, World War II vet — when he was barechested and in boxer shorts.

Sep 1, 2022
Guestwords: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Roiling Stones

I've had some amusing experiences while passing stones. Have you?

Aug 25, 2022
Guestwords: Summer Vacation, 1973

It was the summer my family discovered “the Black Hamptons.”

Aug 18, 2022
Guestwords: What Lincoln Left Us

A close-up look at Abraham Lincoln’s presidency offers possibilities for our own political polarization.

Aug 11, 2022
Guestwords: God Bless Pig Latin America

For me Pig Latin is a little like Swedish. Everyone who speaks it reminds me of the characters in a Bergman film who have lost their faith in God.

Aug 4, 2022
Guestwords: The Springs Cathedral

This year our little church by Accabonac Creek, the Springs Community Presbyterian Church, celebrates its 140th year. I call it one of the great cathedrals of the world.

Jul 28, 2022
Guestwords: One Phone Call

All our decades of planning were working to create the family we’d always wanted. Until, late in my pregnancy with our fourth child, a nurse called.

Jul 21, 2022
Guestwords: My Vietnam

Vietnam was my war, even though I never served there. It framed my youth and I longed to see the country. I finally got there at age 69, in early 2020, just before Covid hit.

Jul 14, 2022
Guestwords: Emulsion of Deliciousness

A family tradition of clamming and an everlasting appreciation for the chowder of Mary Emma Bunn of the Shinnecocks.

Jul 7, 2022
Guestwords: Like a Snake Bite

The summer of 1977, the summer of Son of Sam, brought trauma and fear, and the poison of trauma doesn’t just go away.

Jun 30, 2022
Guestwords: ‘Casablanca’ Revisited

Again today, the world is witness to invasion, resistance, and the need to escape repression.

Jun 23, 2022