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Published: 2012-01-22
I recently wrote a column about the contents of my baggage. This time it’s about the luggage. It began with Ninga, as my great-grandmother was known. A widow…

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In the 1970s my family’s Christmas season officially started a few days before Thanksgiving. That’s when my father returned from what had become an annual trip to Moscow. It was…

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Published: 2011-09-04
I recently had several personal encounters with the Great Depression. None as a result of gloomy economic forecasts, but instead from being reminded of its remarkable legacy.
Encounter…

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Snowball fight on Switzerland’s Eiger, 1908.
Today was too rainy for yard work, so I rummaged through several steamer trunks worth of family letters, albums and academic miscellany. They trace…

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