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No Story This Week

June 1, 2016

Hi, all. In honor of Memorial Day, I’m taking this week off. But I’ll be back next week with a new story from Sleeper Ave.

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Readers Respond–The Walk Home

May 23, 2016

I received a number of emails about the latest Sleeper Ave story, “The Walk Home,” about a curious series of episodes in which parents of schoolmates apparently didn’t want me in their home, presumably because I was Jewish. I don’t want to give the impression that this was a universal sentiment in my beloved hometown…

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Super! I’m On Schedule

January 20, 2016

Thanks to my superhuman effort, I’m just about done with the inside pages of the Sleeper Ave. book. Just a few little details to take care of, like numbering the pages and finishing the Table of Contents (which I can’t do until I figure out how to make the program number the pages). Then there’s…

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Chapter 13

January 13, 2016

After two weeks of steady work on the Sleeper Ave. book, I’ve completed thirteen chapters, which means I’m more than a third of the way through, and which means I’m still on schedule to have the book out sometime next month. It’s been fun to revisit the early stories, some of which I haven’t looked at…

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Bookmarks

December 30, 2015

I started working in earnest yesterday on the Sleeper Ave. book, a collection of the stories I’ve been posting for the past year. One of the difficulties in creating a book from a web page is that the formats for print and the web are entirely different. Essentially, I’m starting over; I have to reconstruct each story from scratch….

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Silver Bells

December 22, 2015

Tomorrow I’ll post the last Sleeper Ave. story for the year, about my worst ever Christmas. Fortunately for me, it happened early in my life, and most Christmases since have been happy occasions which I have been blessed over the years to share with non-Jewish friends. Still, that particular incident must have been hugely traumatic…

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Turning the Page(s)

December 11, 2015

I know that I said there’s be no more stories until after the first of the year, but I couldn’t resist telling the story of my favorite Hanukkah ever, which ran a few days ago. I also have a Christmas story that I’ll be posting soon, but after that I’ll be hard at work on the…

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Thanksgiving

November 24, 2015

I’ve always loved Normal Rockwell’s painting of the family Thanksgiving meal, because it’s so much like and yet so much unlike my family’s Thanksgivings in Waco. The whole clan always dutifully assembled at the house on Parrott Ave., and later at their home on Gorman Ave., where Grandma, Uncle Jack, Aunt Sarah and cousins Alan and Ron lived….

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Paris and Moscow

November 17, 2015

I wonder, in the wake of the barbaric attacks in Paris, how terrorism affects my children. Do they lie awake at night worrying about the next ISIS target? Do they find themselves avoiding popular restaurants, refusing to take the subway, scanning the faces in crowds for potential threats? Do they find it harder to sleep, to eat,…

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Your comments–Home for Supper

October 30, 2015

The latest Sleeper Ave. story, “Home for Supper,” brought back childhood memories for a number of readers. I often regret that my children, now a grown, didn’t have the luxury of the kind of unstructured play so many people of my generation enjoyed. The freedom we experienced–roaming the neighborhood unsupervised for hours and hours day after…

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