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   Amid all the acrimonious and confusing debate about health care as election rhetoric rises to a fever pitch, one fact is indisputable:     Medicaid “is the only safety net for millions of middle-class people...
   To the marriage of true minds I admitted an impediment on our 28th anniversary, unaccountably forgetting to give Mary a card, a failure of the heart rendered all the more stark when I saw, in her card, that she’d opened her...
   A black guy walks in to a high-end hair salon in the Hamptons. . . .     That’s as far as I’ve gotten in my attempt to formulate a joke about my experience. But maybe it’s funny enough as it is.
   September comes, and like many others, I find myself almost subconsciously taking stock of the preceding months. The impulse may have roots in an agrarian past, idealized perhaps, in which we counted up the season’s harvests,...
   It’s high summer and I’m apologizing about once or twice a week to people whom I’ve slighted either by commission or omission.     What was it a sports psychologist told me once? That the pros didn...
   On Friday morning as Labor Day weekend began, we were unfortunately — in Penn Station. Why had we done something so foolish, you may ask? We had a date in New York the night before and had somehow messed up the Jitney...
   The other day, much to my astonishment, our two absolutely indoor cats fetched up with fleas.     I know there was no winter last year, and I know that makes a difference, but in 12 years of indoor cats and human feet...
   On Monday evening at a picnic at Long Beach in that neither-here-nor-there world between North Haven and Noyac, there was a nearly constant rumble in the western sky. As the sun set, commercial helicopters, one after the other, raced...
   You’ve probably heard this complaint before; I’ve been irked by tote bags accumulating around the house for a long time.