1940s couple on a picnic

How the American Dream Grew

If the seed of the American Dream was planted during the dark days of the Depression, germinated at the New York Worlds Fair of 1939, it was nurtured and cultivated during the sacrifices and deprivations of WWII. By wars end

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1940s couple on a picnic

How the American Dream Grew

If the seed of the American Dream was planted during the dark days of the Depression, germinated at the New York Worlds Fair of 1939, it was nurtured and cultivated during the sacrifices and deprivations of WWII. By wars end

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Inherited Dreams

Though it would be my parents generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and later rolled up their   collective sleeves, pitched in and sacrificed for the greater good in their fight against tyranny-who would be knighted by Tom Brokaw

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Inherited Dreams

Though it would be my parents generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and later rolled up their   collective sleeves, pitched in and sacrificed for the greater good in their fight against tyranny-who would be knighted by Tom Brokaw

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Introduction

For over half a century, Americans soaring confidence had always promised a sugar-frosted future filled with frost free fun and abundance and economic prosperity. But that Buoyant bubble of optimism has since gone bust. Along with our jobs, retirement funds

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Introduction

For over half a century, Americans soaring confidence had always promised a sugar-frosted future filled with frost free fun and abundance and economic prosperity. But that Buoyant bubble of optimism has since gone bust. Along with our jobs, retirement funds

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Suburbia For Sale

American Dream Foreclosed Whether a split level or a McMansion, the American Home has been the very embodiment of the American Dream. Once the mark of achievement, the suburban home was a solid investment, the guarantee of a secure future.

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Suburbia For Sale

American Dream Foreclosed Whether a split level or a McMansion, the American Home has been the very embodiment of the American Dream. Once the mark of achievement, the suburban home was a solid investment, the guarantee of a secure future.

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Columbus- All American Hero

  Christopher Columbus embodied the very spirit of a founding father. The noble spirit of 1492 rivaled that of 1776. Or so the story went. Skillfully weaving fairy tales with the deftness of the Brothers Grimm, Uncle Sam spun a

Columbus- All American Hero

  Christopher Columbus embodied the very spirit of a founding father. The noble spirit of 1492 rivaled that of 1776. Or so the story went. Skillfully weaving fairy tales with the deftness of the Brothers Grimm, Uncle Sam spun a

Trump’s Fractured History

No, the Kurds did not help us in Normandy, but who can forget their brave heroics at the Bowling Green Massacre? The Kurds fought courageously in Kentucky. Yes, it won’t be long before Kellyane Conway waxes poetic thinking of the

Trump’s Fractured History

No, the Kurds did not help us in Normandy, but who can forget their brave heroics at the Bowling Green Massacre? The Kurds fought courageously in Kentucky. Yes, it won’t be long before Kellyane Conway waxes poetic thinking of the

Kurds Betrayed By Trump

On this somber day of Yom Kippur a day of reflection, it is against the backdrop of abandoning our allies. Today as I join along with other Jews  to attend Yizkor services to remember loved ones  lost, I am mourning

Kurds Betrayed By Trump

On this somber day of Yom Kippur a day of reflection, it is against the backdrop of abandoning our allies. Today as I join along with other Jews  to attend Yizkor services to remember loved ones  lost, I am mourning

Gay Pride Flag and Vintage illustration

LGBTQ in the Workplace- Lavender Scare

As the Supreme Court convenes to decide whether employers can legally fire workers because they are LGBTQ, it’s worth taking a look back at the U.S. government’s own shameful history, when not that long ago, thousands of hard-working, qualified Americans

Gay Pride Flag and Vintage illustration

LGBTQ in the Workplace- Lavender Scare

As the Supreme Court convenes to decide whether employers can legally fire workers because they are LGBTQ, it’s worth taking a look back at the U.S. government’s own shameful history, when not that long ago, thousands of hard-working, qualified Americans

The Fantasy of False Charges

“Fake charges.  Another fantasy to hurt Republicans,” spews an American President. “Total witchhunt”blasts anotherr. “THE GREATEST SCAM  IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN POLITICS” Richard Nixon thought it, but  Donald Trump tweeted it out in bold type. Gaslighting the American people

The Fantasy of False Charges

“Fake charges.  Another fantasy to hurt Republicans,” spews an American President. “Total witchhunt”blasts anotherr. “THE GREATEST SCAM  IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN POLITICS” Richard Nixon thought it, but  Donald Trump tweeted it out in bold type. Gaslighting the American people

world trade center

World Trade Center Remembered

From The Vault: I watched the World Trade Center going up and I would eventually watch thse majestic towers fall. Only days before September 11, I had moved from the New York City I loved to one of its  leafy

world trade center

World Trade Center Remembered

From The Vault: I watched the World Trade Center going up and I would eventually watch thse majestic towers fall. Only days before September 11, I had moved from the New York City I loved to one of its  leafy

Rhoda Morgenstern Valerie Harper

Rhoda Remembered

Where Mary Richards was the girl next door, Rhoda  Morgenstern really was the girl down the block. Never before in TV Land had I heard someone TAWK like Rhoda. That voice, those dropped “r’s” so familiar, a constant in my

Rhoda Morgenstern Valerie Harper

Rhoda Remembered

Where Mary Richards was the girl next door, Rhoda  Morgenstern really was the girl down the block. Never before in TV Land had I heard someone TAWK like Rhoda. That voice, those dropped “r’s” so familiar, a constant in my

Vintage Brownie camera

Summer Season’s End

  Bidding the Beach Club Goodbye Labor Day signaled the last call at my Grandmother’s Long Island beach club. Just as white shoes would make their final appearance of the season, so it was time to bid the sandy white

Vintage Brownie camera

Summer Season’s End

  Bidding the Beach Club Goodbye Labor Day signaled the last call at my Grandmother’s Long Island beach club. Just as white shoes would make their final appearance of the season, so it was time to bid the sandy white

Toni Morrison’s Lessons

Words matter. We are witnessing the urgency of that right now. America is in crises. No one understood that better than novelist Toni Morrison. The brilliant Nobel laureate knew the power of words. Her eloquent expressions informed us and inspired

Toni Morrison’s Lessons

Words matter. We are witnessing the urgency of that right now. America is in crises. No one understood that better than novelist Toni Morrison. The brilliant Nobel laureate knew the power of words. Her eloquent expressions informed us and inspired

Donald Trump

Who Pulled the Trigger?

“Mental illness and hatred pulled the trigger…” Trump remarked Monday morning about the latest mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. For once he is right. Our White Supremacist In Chief is not only a hate-filled racist he is mentally

Donald Trump

Who Pulled the Trigger?

“Mental illness and hatred pulled the trigger…” Trump remarked Monday morning about the latest mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. For once he is right. Our White Supremacist In Chief is not only a hate-filled racist he is mentally