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My recollections of Christmas run the gamut from the secular to the religious, from my time in the Army to office parties in the roaring ‘60s and ‘70s to the couple of times we attended midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two of our close friends, John and Mildred.

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While scanning the TV program schedule the other night, looking for a movie worth watching, one caught my eye. It was titled “Horrible Bosses.” The only problem was that it was on one of the stations such as TBS or TNT (I forget which) that interrupts a movie every five minutes with another …

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A few months ago, I learned of the death of the last of my remaining cousins. The news prompted the usual mixture of sadness and nostalgia, remembrances of the days when families lived closer together as opposed to the changing times after WWII when we became a more mobile society, borne of …

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Some of my readers may remember the columns in which I wrote about the extra-terrestrial palates and genetically enhanced taste buds of elitist wine critics who, for example, could discern “aromas of peach, lime oil, and wet stones” in a glass of pinot noir. Stand aside, wine connoisseurs, y…

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One of my previous columns was a nostalgic reminiscence of my “soda jerk” years in my Uncle’s Brooklyn candy store, or more accurately, stationery store, as candy was just a few of the many items sold.

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I hesitate to generalize, but I can believe I can safely say that most Sun Lakers are blessed with a great and sometimes self-deprecating sense of humor. Often, our humor is based upon exaggeration, taking a real or imagined incident or practice and embellishing it.

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Names have always intrigued me. Perhaps this minor obsession stems from the fact that I never liked my name when I was growing up. Marvin wasn’t “macho” enough I thought (although when I was a kid I didn’t know what “macho” meant). I wanted a tougher name like Tom or Buck the names of my fav…

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Apartment buildings were, and still are the dominant domicile in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx, while private homes dominate the landscapes of the other two boroughs, Queens and Staten Island.

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There was a time when Westerns dominated the screen, the radio, and television. Occasionally, a “shoot ‘em up”, as we used to call the Westerns when I was a kid many moons ago, will crop up on the motion picture circuit bringing back memories of the earlier films which inspired the game we p…

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In New York City summer began not on June 21 but on June 30. Our school year began on the day after Labor Day and ended on June 30.

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People have often asked me about the celebrities I have known when they learn about my background in advertising and publicity.

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...And also “goneth” are all the other “men” whose daily or weekly visits were a part of our lives in the cities. There was the laundryman, the milkman, the Fuller Brush man, the Insurance man, and, best of all the Good Humor man.

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The earliest memories I have of my paternal grandfather are somewhat hazy, dimmed by the mind clouding, but happy effects produced by alcohol.

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When my television screen went blank the other night due to technical problems, out of sheer habit I kept staring at the screen.

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Almost every day, a segment on a news program, or an article in a magazine will tout a potential medical or nutritional “breakthrough” that reverses long held theories and advice. The treatment and prevention of diseases and illnesses is an evolving and ever-changing science prompted by adva…

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I have often written about the outdoor games I played as a kid growing up in the concrete and asphalt jungles of New York City. I were surprised to hear from readers who grew up in similar urban areas such as Philadelphia and Chicago who told me they played the same or similar games evoking …

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A few years ago wrote about the oft repeated salutation “have a good day” and some of the things, some meaningful, some trivial, that add up to a good day for me. Since that long ago column I have received dozens of well meaning “good day” wishes from friends, store clerks, bank tellers, etc…

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It has been a week now since the shopping frenzy and phenomenon known as Black Friday dominated the news with stories of mayhem and near riots by bargain hunting consumers, increased incidents of shoplifting, and generally impolite and violent behavior by normally polite and gentle folks par…

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