Monthly Archives: June 2011

If you’ll permit me a brief burst of patriotism…

Today I was going through the history of the American Revolution with a 19 year old from Ethiopia in preparation for his citizenship test, and one phrase kept sticking in my mind-“the American Experiment.” It really was an experiment, to … Continue reading

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A Fleeting Shadow

At a joint birthday party, of all places, I ended up talking to two friends about the desirability of knowing in advance the date of your own death. They both preferred not know; I’d rather know. Of course, if I … Continue reading

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“This will only take a minute…”

On Sunday morning, I got chosen to be patted down by the Transportation Security Administration at the New Orleans airport. It was bad luck, really; the scanning machine that takes nude pictures of everyone was closed until 5 am, but … Continue reading

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