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Good things happen, too

The court decision legalizing gay marriage is an amazing moment in history. Whatever other problems 21st century life has, I feel privileged to be alive at now. The highest court in the land has affirmed the right of any two consenting adults to marry. I’m elated and I’m slightly amazed; I still remember, when I…

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Remember to Not Vote

by Jay Mangano Today is my birthday. It also happens to be election day in America. I’ve reached an age where neither of these things mean much to me anymore. I’m not vibrating with anticipation for the fire hose of gifts about to open (a delightful benefit of being an only child). Nor am I…

Nightfall

In the aftermath of the suicide of L’Wren Scott, I was not surprised to find the former NYTimes fashion critic writing of her confusion and anger. Successful, independent, teacher, fighter, grit, endurance, warmth; all were among the words used by Cathy Horyn to describe Ms. Scott. It’s the same sort of disbelief that accompanies tragic…

God Bless Us, Every One

During a ski trip to Vermont, I once saw a foot and a half of snow come down overnight. Not only was the powdery fluff great–a rarity in East Coast skiing, I’m told–but the roads were not too shabby either. Jersey snowstorms are weirdly torturous. Even when we get quite a lot of snow, it’s…

The House on Stilts

I know that houses near rising waters are built on stilts to raise them above flood waters, but I didn’t know that when I was six. All I knew was that it was blindingly hot near the beach, and that underside of the beach house was an oasis of shade. My parents, sister, and cousins were vacationing at Beach Haven, on the Jersey shore.

The Race Card

I try to be fun and sentimental in my weekly columns. Occasionally the historic events of the day push their way past any other musings hanging about in my gray matter. Headline news often gives me a reason to ponder many aspects of my life. It should come as no surprise to anyone that the…

Change is Good

People can change, growing past wrongful ways in the name of what’s right. We pass new laws. We adopt new language. That’s the recipe for progress: putting justice ahead of habit, principle over precedent. –Frank Bruni, Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times By now, unless you’ve been on another planet, a remote desert island with no…