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The other side of gratitude

At U.S. Thanksgiving, I usually write about the importance of gratitude. This year, I’m writing about the importance of the other side of gratitude: guilt. Guilt has negative connotations, which is understandable because it can be destructive when used improperly or manipulatively. However, the right kind of guilt can be beneficial for us and the people we …

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Why remember?

Another September 24. Another painful anniversary. And another question: Why remember a murder that happened nearly 40 years ago? Is it morbidity? A stubborn unwillingness to let go of a long-gone past? If I didn’t remember, the only alternative is to forget. “You cannot invest in retrospect,” as my dad used to say. And I …

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When the Olympics came to the San Fernando Valley

During beta 2 of The Ghosts of Reseda High, I will post spoiler-free commentary about issues and themes I cover in the book. This is the fifth of the series. The survey is now closed, but you can still download the beta. Use the form on the download page to send any feedback you have. Thirty …

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I Got Germanized, all right…

I went on another business trip to Freiburg, Germany. This second time around, I was able to explore more of the city, experience more of the culture, and learn more about the history. I tried this time, to borrow the name of a popular YouTube channel, to Get Germanized. Doing this was more challenging than …

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When do you become an adult?

Today marks the 39th anniversary of my bar mitzvah ceremony. Technically, I became a bar mitzvah ten months earlier when I turned 13. When boys reach the age of bar mitzvah (and girls reach the age of bat mitzvah at 12), they are considered adults in the Jewish community. They receive all the rights and …

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