Why I Am a Coward

Why I Am a Coward

I spend some time each week tending to people in public service. It’s the least I can do. I am a devoted patriot, and I subscribe to the notion that the blessings and freedoms we enjoy as Americans are secure only as long as they are defended. So, I pay my taxes...
Wisdom Wherever You Find It: Is This Heaven?

Wisdom Wherever You Find It: Is This Heaven?

There is usually a bit of timeless wisdom that inspires these columns of mine. I will admit that the quotation that provoked this column — “Is this heaven?” — makes no sense out of context. Here is a link to a video of a little more than seven minutes that...
On the Longing for Home

On the Longing for Home

Most adults in the United States remember a close relative who was not born here. My family emigrated from the region alternately claimed by Ukraine, Poland and Russia. Yours may have come from Italy, Morocco, Guatemala, Ghana. Namira Islam Anani’s family came from...
All Who Are Hungry, Come and Eat

All Who Are Hungry, Come and Eat

My wife and I may be the only family to have designed a home around two consecutive nights each year. We have always taken seriously the declaration of the Passover seder – all who are hungry, come and eat; all who need to do so, come and partake of the Passover...
The Last Thing You Want to Do

The Last Thing You Want to Do

I love listening to “This American Life,” just like a lot of America. It may not be the original podcast, but when the term “podcast” was invented, the radio show was already one. I have my favorite episodes – the telephone booth on a cliff in Japan where people call...