Gaudeamus Igitur?


Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, Coco Chanel, Steve Jobs, Oprah. All of them household names. All of them lack a college degree.

Yet . . .

An employment ad for a Zamboni driver for the New York Islanders hockey team stipulates—a college degree.

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Yada, Yada, Yada


All I had to say was “yada, yada, yada” and I became old pals with the stranger next to me in line at the Truro Post Office.

He had wanted to make a point about something we were chatting about, and he asked me if I ever watched Seinfeld.

I blurted, “Yada, yada, yada.”

That’s all it took.

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For Better, For Worse


We’ve moved from a culture in which we were told that sex is bad and dangerous and should only be had under very particular circumstances, to one in which we’re told that sex is pretty great, really – and if you’re not doing it, something must be wrong with you. The ideal of waiting until marriage is really only common among very religious people and it’s something they struggle with.

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A Millennial Pop Quiz


I really do not know that anything has ever been more exciting than

diagramming sentences.

                                                                        Gertrude Stein   

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The Corporate Assault on Architecture


There’s something about architecture that arrests us, often without our being aware. Even as Jesus was about to bring Lazarus back to life, he asked for help in removing the stone sealing the tomb. 

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This Isn’t Kansas, Toto


When I was a little boy, my father would occasionally bring home a puppy that someone was trying to get rid of. The dog would spend a few days with us, tire my parents with its continual rug-soiling, and eventually wear out its welcome. My father would take it away. I never knew where he took them. 

My parents wanted a puppy to be a paper-trained little playmate for me, I think. But before the puppy had figured out where to poop, it was too late. Dad would keep bringing home puppies, hoping one of them would work out. None ever did.

Ever since, I’ve been trying to figure out the role dogs play in the society of humans.

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Pariah Words


“For last year's words belong to last year's language

And next year's words await another voice.”

                                   T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets


In 100 years there will be all new people. In 1,000 years there will be all new words.

I guarantee it.

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To Correct the Past


They promised a world of total pleasure. There was only one thing you couldn't have—your thirtieth birthday.

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Bosom of Love


She is not a philosopher, mystic or teacher. Dottie is simply the best-known and perhaps most beloved waitress in Vieques, where she has lived for 40 years.

“You have a certain amount of love in here,” Dottie told me recently, patting her bosom. “As long as you have somebody or something to give your love to, you will be happy.” 

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A Father’s Day Gift to Women


On this Father’s Day weekend, when lots of men are the recipients of ties, favorite meals or golf outings, I’m wondering about the opposite. What is it that women want most from a man, whether he’s father, husband or friend? It’s a gift they never actually put into words and ask for, but it’s one they deeply desire.

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