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Frank Vespe’s copy of Fantastic Four #43, from October 1965, rescued from a basement turned pond. My 12-Cent Memories

A flooded basement and an imperiled comic book collection transport our correspondent back to Rockaway Beach circa 1965.

Jan 31, 2019
The Best ‘Christmas Carol’

Let’s speculate on which of the surplus population of filmed versions of his immortal classic “A Christmas Carol” Charles Dickens might have liked best. So, take my hand and you will be upheld in more than this!

Dec 20, 2018
The New Messengers

Facebook can feel like some latter-day secular religious system. There are consequences if we don’t go along, don’t join the throng of devotees. We can be separated out into a wilderness of vague religious remembrance.

Dec 27, 2018
Lost Cat: Answers to ‘Mango’

A couple of weeks passed by in Mango-less agony, but nobody responded to the posters. Maybe people thought they were too cute to deface by tearing off one of the little phone number strips.

Jan 3, 2019
Am I My Sisters’ Keeper?

At the Brett Kavanaugh hearings there was more at stake for many victims of sexual assault than whether or not a seat on the Supreme Court would be filled.

Oct 11, 2018
Go Fish

The Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program now limits my homemaker aide’s trips to shop for my food to supermarkets only. And for no good reason.

Oct 18, 2018
Old Democrats Never Die

As I got older and J.F.K. stood frozen in time after the assassination, Eisenhower and I were becoming closer in age, and he looked better and better. Then I saw the Ike pin in the antiques shop. I had to have it.

Oct 24, 2018
The New Anti-Semitism

When a tragedy like that at the Pittsburgh synagogue occurs, we don’t see an increase in hatred, rather we witness the opposite. In the wake of the shooting, the Jewish community has welcomed an outpouring of support.

Oct 31, 2018
The coat of arms of Trinity College, Oxford, attended by this week's “Guestwords” contributor. Stories Behind the Shields

Is there something special about a place that can be captured through its symbols and stories? That is the question I set about trying to answer by researching Oxford’s coats of arms.

Nov 8, 2018
What Do We Leave Behind?

Legacy is both an elusive idea and an evocative reminder of human transience. We welcome its gift and we grieve the loss it signals.

Nov 15, 2018