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What’s a nice Jewish vegetarian liberal girl doing in Montana?

Flipper

The New York Times last week had a feature story on the value of souvenirs, those special mementos that that transport us to special places in our past. Here’s the link (you may have to copy and paste, I’m having … Continue reading

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August Fifteenth NYC

The City soggy with joy hailed my return by halting everyone at JFK   Better than a ticker-tape parade I got a two hour wash-and-wait on the tarmac a hundred feet short of Gate 8   Then, I got The … Continue reading

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….RRrriippPP…a page from my journal

Busy days in the Big Apple.  I’ve decided to post a page from my journal. This is a few days old, written on my way to the City last week. You don’t actually smell alcohol fuel.  It flies past the … Continue reading

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Genuine Falls

back in the summer of 1966, Bigfork smelled like lodgepole pine, oil soap, coffee, and the faint odor of fish guts. A few years ago, I took my family back to Bigfork. It smelled like money…Great Falls, on the other hand, feels pretty much the same. Continue reading

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The Low Road to Higher Education/Musings on ‘Lost in the Meritocracy’

I knew a little about Judaism, but I didn’t remember this part. Flat dry matzo, I knew. Dressing up at Purim, I knew. Passover Seders, I knew.

I was only nine, but hearing that I killed God explained a lot.

It explained why I was the only Jew in class. Who else would fess up? It explained why the Germans, who were probably Christians, had been so mad at us. It also explained why my dad was home dying of cancer. He was a German, and he married a Jew. We were being punished.

I barely realized what it meant to be a Jew, and I was already riddled with guilt
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The Great Jews of Great Falls: A Passover Musing

I suppose my mother thought she would pass a few seasons in the Great American Desert…like the wandering Jews, she did not expect spend the rest of her life there; My dad, her Moses.

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Great Falls Ice: The Legacy of Terry Casey

Just outside the entrance to the old gym at Great Falls High there is a bronze plaque with a relief sculpture of a hockey player. As a high schooler I didn’t read it but like every student at GFHS I … Continue reading

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Virgo’s Milk

He actually filed his Halloween candy in a locked chest in his bedroom closet, and he had the discipline to eat two nasty cheap candies between each really tasty treat. In this way, he made his booty last until Christmas and my rancor last for decades.
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Neighbors

July Fourth marks the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s famous ballpark farewell. I wrote this a few years back when our neighbor AnnaBeth was dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Neighbors For decades, it was that shade of institutional green … Continue reading

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