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A Fig Tree Grows in New Jersey

Figs trees are native to the arid climates of Israel and Iran, and can thrive on sunny slopes in Tuscany.  In New York and New Jersey, they are botanical foreigners.  Maybe that’s why Italian immigrants were so keen to coax … Continue reading

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Swept Away

Lots of people have the jitters on their wedding day, and I was no exception.  Mine were about the dancing. Like many of my generation, I learned most of what I know about dancing from John Travolta and “Saturday Night … Continue reading

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Coming Down From the Mountain

In high school, I worked weekends and summers in a climatology lab at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, an outpost of Columbia University perched high atop the Palisades cliffs overlooking the Hudson.  It was a great gig.  One of my primary responsibilities … Continue reading

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Stubbornness

My son sings in an a cappella group at his high school.  The young men are known for their skillful harmonies, their playful enthusiasm and their natty dressing.  They also have a tendency to make costuming decisions maddeningly close to … Continue reading

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Hospitality

With one year of seminary under my belt, I moved to a mountaintop town in the Berkshires to serve as their summer minister.  It was a tiny, close-knit community, and many families had deep roots in the place.  One of … Continue reading

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