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Guestwords: The Real Venture Smith

The remarkable story of a man of character who bought his way out of bondage and became a successful landowner.

Feb 16, 2023
Guestwords: ‘Morning, Sweetest’

Love is revealed in a rediscovered box of notes from 1999.

Feb 9, 2023
Guestwords: Of Places and People

From presidential libraries to art centers, there is inspiration to be found in quiet places that reflect the vision and ambition of the exceptional people whose legacies they preserve.

Feb 2, 2023
Guestwords: The DSM — Goodreads **

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders came in handy when I was terminating my analysis. I recommend it.

Jan 26, 2023
Guestwords: A Bus Driver Says Goodbye

As I move on to another chapter of my life, I am grateful that each day I had the privilege of spending my mornings and afternoons with so much life in its early stages, where everything is new and interesting and exciting.

Jan 19, 2023
Guestwords: Somebody Up There Likes Me

After a rollover, one man has his faith in his fellow citizens restored.

Jan 12, 2023
Guestwords: Gifts That Keep Giving

From our correspondent in Pennsylvania comes a tribute to an illustrator for 50 straight years of Christmas cards that are works or art.

Jan 5, 2023
Guestwords: Meeting Groucho and Cavett

A chance encounter with Dick Cavett on an East Hampton beach leads to a long-term friendship. And to Groucho.

Dec 29, 2022
Guestwords: Cakes for Peace

Just imagine how much more peaceful the world would be if difficult and/or coldhearted people were walloped with a million daily currents of kindness and love.

Dec 22, 2022
Guestwords: Our Obsession With Winning

Trump’s actions with respect to losing the election, while extreme, is hardly new. Winning is a supreme value in American culture.

Dec 15, 2022
Guestwords: Too Many Sweatpants

With its wide legs, its shapeless backside, its expanding waistline, the sweatpant is the official garment of the borderless, post-pandemic world.

Dec 8, 2022
Guestwords: A Day With Pelé 

Pictures of Pelé flashing on TV as FIFA World Cup fever spreads from Qatar to Queens bring back memories of a writer’s sort-of date with him.

Dec 1, 2022