February 19, 2018

Presidents’ Day is here. How can we truly honor two of our greatest American presidents? It’s hard to imagine that they would want us to rush out and buy a mattress in their memory. Although there’s a high probability that either one, given the option, would appreciate...

February 17, 2017

This Presidents’ Day presents a particular challenge to families and communities around the nation. Our 45th president attracts passionate responses all along the political spectrum. Few people have a neutral or benign attitude toward President Trump or his leadership...

January 23, 2017

I was at the Women’s March in DC Saturday with my 31 year old daughter. Initially she came out of filial duty. She figured her attendance would earn her a year’s worth of good daughter brownie points. At the end of the day though, she thanked me for getting her to come...

September 2, 2016

I grew up in the grocery business. My grandfather, (I called him “Zaydie,” Yiddish for “grandpa”) Louis Paperny, had arrived in Omaha, Nebraska, with five kopeks in his pocket and began to peddle fruits and vegetables. He was so successful, he bought a corner property...

February 12, 2016

It’s great when our Presidents’ Day celebration coincides with the four year re-election cycle of our president. We are actually paying attention to the idea of the office and perhaps even the process of how someone lands there.

 

We’re certainly deluged this year by non...

November 18, 2015

 

Next week we will gather around tables all over this country to celebrate a holiday that calls us home more than any other. It’s hard to believe that it only became a national holiday in 1941. To learn more about how Thanksgiving became the most celebrated holiday in...

February 22, 2015

Let’s ignore for a moment the  debate about when Presidents' Day should occur in the national calendar and acknowledge that today is the actual anniversary of George Washington’s birthday. I wonder what he might think about this great noisy, messy nation that he played...

January 23, 2015

Apart from attending the  Baltimore city parade, it was hard to find meaningful Martin Luther King Day community activities to participate in on Monday.

 

Fortunately, I discovered the special program at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum where my daughter, son-in-law and I sp...

November 26, 2014

As this Thanksgiving arrives, I am filled with gratitude even though this is an especially disturbing, frightening and chaotic time in the world. Each morning, we wake to unrelentingly brutal headlines. Each night  as we go to sleep, violent news clammers  for our atte...

November 12, 2014

 

I received this email from Claiborne Deming, who wrote on behalf of The Story of Stuff team, about Costco's decision to close on Thanksgiving Day. I found it interesting, and wanted to share with all of you. I hope you join me in taking action and signing the petiti...

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