The Playmobil Nativity Problem

The Playmobil Nativity Problem

The Playmobil Nativity Problem Throughout my son’s childhood, I loved Playmobil toys. I think I loved him more than he did, and since I worked in a building above an FAO Schwartz store in downtown Boston, it was easy to keep adding little sets. I loved the...
A Change of Sex

A Change of Sex

A Change of Sex November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, and that has gotten me thinking about the great reporter and historian Jan Morris. Morris will have died exactly one year ago on November 20, 2020, at the age of 94. Morris was not murdered in a hate...
The Pleasure of Reading While Waiting

The Pleasure of Reading While Waiting

The Pleasure of Reading While Waiting I spent a lovely morning sitting on a hard red bench in room filled with the smell of tires at Costco. It wasn’t the bench or the smell that made the morning lovely, but the fact that I had brought along the October issue of...
To Travel or Not

To Travel or Not

To Travel or Not I am looking forward to a trip to Istanbul, planned for mid-October 2021. And yet we wonder whether travel means exposure to the Delta variant or other variants that might be even more pernicious. A recent episode of NPR’s 1A discussed this...

To boost creativity, create a schedule.

James Clear is a source of many smart ideas about productivity, habit formation, and personal change. The Myth of Creative Inspiration: Great Artists Don’t Wait for Motivation The work of top creatives isn’t dependent upon motivation or creative inspiration....