Talk About a Caffeine Break. Here’s One for the Records

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My friend Anne will not drink coffee or tea from a cup or even a decently sized mug. So everyone in my book group has a special “Anne cup.” In my home, it’s a speckled blue and white sponge-painted number I made especially for her in one of the Make Your Own Pottery-type places that have sprung up for the glazing pleasures of kids of all ages.

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Why Should Anyone Get Married?

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My daughter called the other day to tell me that good friends of hers were getting divorced. Her friends had only been married a short time; they were young and didn’t have children. It was sad. The dissolution of marriage usually is. Most of her friends are still single. They are graduate students and independent young professionals. Many of them marry later than the generation before. “And I mean, why get married in the first place?” Katie asked me.

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Run, Todd, Run

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Very casually last week, almost as if he didn’t want me to hear it, my son-in-law Todd dropped the news that he was going to run a 50-mile race. That’s not 50 kilometers, which in and of itself would be insane, but 50 miles. Think San Francisco to San Jose.

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Remembrances of Halloweens Past

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I am seven years old in the Bronx. I love Halloween because in my friend Joanie’s apartment building we can get on the elevator, ring a bunch of doorbells all at once on each floor and clean up in no time flat: twelve floors, with eight apartments on each floor. We never have to go out in the rain. Doesn’t it always rain on Halloween? Afterward, we go back to Joanie’s apartment, 3B, and spread the loot on her living room rug: Chocolate kisses and candy corn; pennies and pencils; pez candy, sour balls, gum drops, jelly beans. Loose, not pre-packaged in mini-sizes.

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