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I am not here to grieve Larry’s death, but to thank G-d that such a man lived. Indeed, the timing of his demise, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it. And obviously, true wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves and the world around us…

Two weeks before Larry turned 61, and about 8 months before he was due to retire after more than 30 years, many as a supervisor, down at the city’s ports, he died the other day. Suddenly. Indeed, unexpectedly… which may … Continue reading

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Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong? Hmm…certainly, the murder of civilians for political statement did not begin with 911… I have killed – in self defense. The first time my greatest fear was not of being killed, but having to kill someone else. Then I got used to it…

A policeman-friend, who has seen way too many butchered corpses, exhaled a puff of cigar smoke through a mischievous smile as he plaintively lamented that killings in Philadelphia were down this year.  “I hope they pick up,” said the Crime … Continue reading

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If you think you want to live forever, try spending a night with my ex-wife. Otherwise, listen to my Mother: Without your health, it all gets too humiliating…

The other night on the phone I teased my 91-year-old mother that she was going to live forever… And so far so good, eh? I could practically hear my mother calculating through her rich, long-ago- premature, silver hair. Finally she … Continue reading

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A man can only be a man. A woman can only be a woman. Yet we want each other to act transgendered. Perhaps in a few million more years of evolution….

I was speaking with an acerbic group of politically correct women the other day. And I came to quickly realize that in love and war a woman can be much more barbarian than a man. Finally I spoke up. I … Continue reading

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Often times, someone has to die so that someone else can live. But it’s something most of us don’t want to think about. Then I bumped into Mike…..

Michael Tangier is fluent in 5 languages. But the other day the usually tough-talking, street-wise merchant with a soft underbelly, could hardly articulate a word. Not in his native Spanish. Nor French. Nor English. Nor Hebrew. Nor the Arabic he … Continue reading

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