Category Archives: humanity

Best Story of the Week…March 25th

I’m walking on Madison towards home. Up ahead is an elderly woman with a large L.L. Bean Boat and Tote bag. I watch as she stops every few steps to rest. I sidle up alongside. “That looks heavy. I seem … Continue reading

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War Is Hell

I was perusing Bruce Catton’s classic book, Surrender at Appomattox, when I came across William Tecumseh Sherman’s famous quote, war is hell. After accepting the pandemic as a foreign enemy we just can’t see, I’ve concluded, it sure is. Seems … Continue reading

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Susannah’s Spring, Summer Reading List…2021

I’ve been on a French kick… so try picturing me in a beret with an Hermes scarf tied coquettishly around my neck, humming Frère Jacques. Books can do that, change your identity so even your own mother wouldn’t know you. … Continue reading

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Best Story of the Week…March 19th

I’m en route to the dentist way downtown. I have two. Dr. Levine whose fees rival college tuition, and the place my insurance overs. I choose the latter hoping they can tell me without emptying my wallet, why my gum … Continue reading

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When Manhattan Stopped for Me

I was barreling down the subway steps towards the express train downtown, late for an appointment, when the doors began to close. A young girl brazenly stuck her leg in the door so it would stay open, but like a … Continue reading

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Best Story of the Week…March 11th

There’s a runner I see every morning who, at 6 a.m. is already leaving the Park when I get there. He’s an African man, sturdy and strong, fast like a bullet I’ve always admired. Our relationship consists of a nod, … Continue reading

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The Person I Want To Come Home To

I want to be the person I want to come home to. It says it all for me, the kind of girl I long to be: happy, sane, loyal and true. One who greets with a smile. I long to … Continue reading

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Lights Still Shining

There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the … Continue reading

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Best Stories Of The Week, So Far…March 4th

Monday:  I’m in the Park crossing the Great Lawn walking gingerly over ice, when I see a young man charging towards me, in shorts no less. I say, hey, be careful, it’s very icy. If looks could kill, I’d be … Continue reading

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Kindness Never Wasted

I had left cookies in front of a neighbor’s door who I heard, had just come home from the hospital. She’s in her early 80s, sharp as a tack, walks every day, but alas, was knocked down by a large … Continue reading

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