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I will get back to the Writing Reseda series, but I need to say a few things about what happened yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Oddly enough, this is a story about Reseda and something that happened to me 40 years ago. It is about the first display of overt and direct anti-Semitism I ever experienced.

A prayer for Anthony Scaramucci

If you’ve been following my website, you’d assume that a member of the Trump administration would be the last person I’d express sympathy for — especially the (UPDATE: former) White House Communication Director Anthony Scaramucci. He went off on his fellow staffers as if someone told him to go get his shine box. (NSFW link, …

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The cycle of outrage

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a hamster wheel of never-ending political news? No matter what bad or outrageous thing happens, something comes along to top it. There is no respite and no place to avoid it. It occupies your mind, hijacks your conversations, and shades your relationships. We are stuck in a cycle of …

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My life in presidencies

On Friday, the 11th presidency of my lifetime will start. I don’t like to think I’m that old, but I have lived through 55 of the most interesting years in American history. Here’s a rundown.

What is good technology — The trouble with obsolescence

Next week, Apple will announce a bunch of new products. But I couldn’t wait for Tim Cook to unveil the new MacBook Pro that has been rumored about for months. I had to replace mine before the logic board died completely. I had my early-2011 15-inch MacBook Pro for nearly 4 1/2 years. That’s usually considered a …

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