Archive for August, 2014

My body, myself

A few months ago, I had my first personal encounter with kidney stones. No, not the kind you pass with pain. These were two boulders that had been growing in the dark for years, too big to go anywhere. Without getting into gory details, the solution was for a urologist to snake a catheter up through my nether regions and then laser the beasts into powder. Invasive but essential. And, thankfully, successful. I thought that would Read More

A Grandparent’s Legacy

All grandparents leave a legacy to their grandchildren, whether they intend to or not. It may be an inheritance, an heirloom or a box full of old letters and curling snapshots. It may be a legacy of presence or absence, predictably silly jokes or yearly fishing expeditions. Or it may be a legacy of being loved as babies and avoided as teenagers. Or vice versa. My wife and I have chosen three things for our Read More

My dentist, the entrepreneur

Last week my wife and I were at a gala where everyone I met claimed to be an entrepreneur. Dentists, lawyers, real estate developers, marketing consultants, CEOs of large and small non-profits, retirees who flip houses, lawn care service owners, restaurateurs, auto dealers, investment advisors, and mass purveyors of magazine subscriptions: All of them told me they were entrepreneurs. Clearly, being an entrepreneur is in vogue. Like actor and writer, entrepreneur isn’t just a job, Read More

Grandparenting: Verb, transitive. Definition: In flux.

My July granddaughter/grandfather ritual has just ended. It began with me flying out to California to my son and daughter-in-law’s place. They have four daughters, ages 5, 9, 12, and 15. The blonde, blue-eyed youngest, wearing a pink princess dress and no shoes, waved her wand before throwing herself into my arms, crying, “I love you, Poppa!” The other three girls are only slightly more reserved; when we reconnect in person, it’s a greeting card Read More

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