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My cousin Geoffie

Have you ever noticed how distant memories of people and places present themselves to you in the form of images, like snapshots or very short film clips from long ago?  That’s what comes to mind when I think about my cousin, Geoffrey Geisinger (we always called him Geoffie), who died yesterday. One image is of…

Ma Moments

My daughter just received her International Baccalaureate exam results, and she’s more than met the conditions for admission to her university of choice. Her high school career is over. She went off to Greece for 10 days with a couple of friends, came home for a few days, and then went off to Texel, one…

Eulogy for Cousin David

I’ve probably spent a sum-total of about two weeks of my life with my Cousin David Forman, but nevertheless he had an important place in my life. He was my mother’s first cousin, quite a bit younger that she was, and quite a bit older than me. The first time I met him must have…

High School Revisited

Often when I’m talking with friends or colleagues about teenagers, I hear something along the lines of “I’d never want to relive those years!” Are they nuts? I’d jump at the chance! My high school years were not particularly happy, though I suppose almost everybody would say that. My skin was pimply, my eyes were…

Catching the baby

A couple of weeks ago, my friend J called me on the phone. I asked how she was and she said, “I’m good … Well, actually, I’m in labor.” I immediately offered to come over with my car, since her partner was three hours away down in Nijmegen. My expectation was that I would hold…

Niederweiler, Germany, July 4, 2009

As we were driving down the German autobahn today, zipping along at 150 kilometers per hour, watching the scenery gradually change, all I could think about was how incredibly fortunate I am. I have my family, who were there in the car with me, plus one.  I will start a new job, a new challenge,…

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