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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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

mass shootings in America thoughts and Prayers

American Carnage Again and Again

  Saying prayers is not enough. Again. Our Congressional leaders need to get up off their knees and do something about gun violence and ban assault rifles. Offering prayers but failing to act to end gun violence make their prayers

mass shootings in America thoughts and Prayers

American Carnage Again and Again

  Saying prayers is not enough. Again. Our Congressional leaders need to get up off their knees and do something about gun violence and ban assault rifles. Offering prayers but failing to act to end gun violence make their prayers

Vintage School book Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein- No Stranger to Trouble

  Like every little girl and boy I was taught to be wary of stranger’s invitations – don’t speak to strangers.     Strangers we were warned, are scary people who drive around in cars and offer you a ride

Vintage School book Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein- No Stranger to Trouble

  Like every little girl and boy I was taught to be wary of stranger’s invitations – don’t speak to strangers.     Strangers we were warned, are scary people who drive around in cars and offer you a ride

Vintage baby photo 1920s

Betty -a Bastille Day Jazz Age Baby

  In 1926 while flaming youth roared and thousands mourned the death of  Rudolph Valentino, my grandparents, Sadie and Arthur were overjoyed at the birth of their second daughter, Betty, my mother. A beloved Bastille Day baby, this jazz age

Vintage baby photo 1920s

Betty -a Bastille Day Jazz Age Baby

  In 1926 while flaming youth roared and thousands mourned the death of  Rudolph Valentino, my grandparents, Sadie and Arthur were overjoyed at the birth of their second daughter, Betty, my mother. A beloved Bastille Day baby, this jazz age

Jeffrey Epstein Donald Trump

Jeffrey Epstein’s Sordid Secret

Jeffrey Epstein’s sordid secret is out. The  secret fraternity of entitled, powerful, and moneyed men is no longer a secret. This rarefied world is rotting from the head down. Everything about this sex scandal is putrid. A noxious odor is

Jeffrey Epstein Donald Trump

Jeffrey Epstein’s Sordid Secret

Jeffrey Epstein’s sordid secret is out. The  secret fraternity of entitled, powerful, and moneyed men is no longer a secret. This rarefied world is rotting from the head down. Everything about this sex scandal is putrid. A noxious odor is

Mad Magazine 1971

A World Without Mad

What Me Worry? I am MAD. After 67 years MAD Magazine will cease publishing this fall. It will no longer be found on newsstands but sold via subscription. There will be no new material, just “best of content” and end

Mad Magazine 1971

A World Without Mad

What Me Worry? I am MAD. After 67 years MAD Magazine will cease publishing this fall. It will no longer be found on newsstands but sold via subscription. There will be no new material, just “best of content” and end