Pictures

Last week, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, my brother posted a photograph from Hungary on Facebook. Our grandparents, Simon and Amelia Goldstein were seated with their family.  They had seven children.  In June of 1944, our grandparents were put into a ghetto and, a few days later, they were gassed to death in Auschwitz.  Of the … More Pictures

On a Wire

Yesterday, while waiting at a red light, I happened to notice three squirrels.  They were not on the ground or in a tree.  They were on a power wire above the street.  I watched as they ran, apparently without fear, from one side of the street to the other.  They ran swiftly on the wire … More On a Wire

Dr. Zhivago

I’ve always been fascinated with human memory.  There are events from my childhood which I remember vividly and some which I have no recollection of at all.  What is it that makes a memory last for a very long time? Some of these events seem to trivial today yet I remember them well.  For example, … More Dr. Zhivago

More than Math

About 14 years ago, I became a math teacher.  After working in the corporate world for 25 years, I lost my job for the first time.  Due to downsizing, my job was eliminated.  I did not see it coming, or at least I didn’t expect it to happen.  All of a sudden, I didn’t have … More More than Math

How Many Narcissists Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?

Let me say right up front that I am not a political animal.  I also work in the mental health business so  I am sensitive to the use of words and labels which fuel stigma.  But since the inauguration of Donald Trump, I just can’t resist.  During the campaign, I saw my fill of name-calling, … More How Many Narcissists Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?

A Creative Way to Cope with Anxiety that Gives Me More Anxiety

I have always had bad penmanship.  My handwriting is practically impossible to read.  Even I have trouble reading it.  My printing is not much better.  My artistic skills are even worse.  I can’t draw things except for figures in geometry problems, which come in handy when I tutor.  I can’t draw what I see.  A … More A Creative Way to Cope with Anxiety that Gives Me More Anxiety