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At a luncheon at the local senior center I mentioned a problem with my refrigerator. Someone at my table handed me his card.

My nephew, born in Germany and residing in Switzerland, recently sent a lengthy email. “I’m so stressed out,” he wrote. “I have a good job, bu…

In California my three children learned to deal early on with a volatile dad and a put-upon mother. Today, their father long dead, only the yo…

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Somewhere between 1980 and ‘85 I became friends with a woman of Austrian descent who grew up in Argentina. Call her Constanze. I admired her p…

My cousin in Germany recently sent an email asking if I didn’t want to return to my erstwhile homeland. “Much as I admire President Biden,” sh…

When my husband passed the California Bar around 1970, we celebrated. Darold had attended Santa Clara University’s law school at night while c…

I was on my way to family in Texas, happy to have Covid in my rearview mirror, when I had a run-in with the law. It was a January morning in t…

As a friend and I watched the chaotic withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, he turned livid. “Just like Vietnam,” he yelled. “We sho…