Malinda's Table

The Jewish New Year

I love the High Holidays, both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, despite being a devout atheist, because they herald in Autumn, my favorite time of year.  To religious people it's the year 5778.  I have no idea why, as I must have missed that lesson in Hebrew School, which...

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The Vietnam War

Be sure to catch Ken Burn's 10-part documentary, The Vietnam War, on TV.  It is amazing that it was 50 years ago, but I well remember going to Washington to protest with my friend Rob.  When we got home to my apartment at 21st and Spruce we each took a tab of LSD and...

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Meet Clara

I needed a lift at reaching 75 and my grandchildren needed another kind of lift, so I bought Clara, a 2018 Crosstrek Subaru, who I named after my maternal grandmother.   I bought Clara for three reasons: She is beautiful and she is possessed of the latest...

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Chop Wood, Carry Water

  I didn't realize what a funk I was in at turning 75 until I returned to the college to teach this Fall and felt a lift as soon as I saw the students in my first class.  After teaching ten years online, in my nightgown or ratty jeans, having to get dressed up - for...

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Dinner With a Stranger

Who is this strange kid? Gullifty's in Rosemont is the best place to take kids on a Tuesday night. The balloon lady and face painter is there. I got to eat in peace and they had a great time.

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Wyatt Earp

I love Westerns:  When I came home from work today I laid down in bed and put the TV on.  Showtime was featuring an old movie, Wyatt Earp, with Kevin Costner as the lead.  I found two things interesting about it, actually three things.  First, a young Wyatt tries to...

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The Gratitude Visit

Psychololgist Martin Seligman suggests one way to be happier.  Conduct a Gratitude Visit Assignment: I want you all to do this with me now, if you would. Close your eyes. I'd like you to remember someone who did something enormously important that changed your life in...

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A Solitary Woman

I spent a few days in Betterton, MD, reading and relaxing, alone with a stack of books.  The  Chesapeake at this time of year is cool and glorious; a little scary when the wind blows over the Bay.  But I needed the alone time -no phone calls, dogs and cats to take...

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Coffee Break

I'm sorry to say I'm fairly indiscriminate when it comes to coffee.  I started drinking it when I was 12, with my Uncle Ben, and haven't stopped for a day since.  Starbucks, WAWA, Dunkin Donuts, any coffee shop I happen to pass on my daily rounds.  I"m in for a cup of...

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Welcome to My Blog

  I love tables.  Old pine tables.  Oak tables.  Tables make of ancient sewing machines. Drop leaf tables.  Any table where I can sit and drink coffee, read the New York Times and This Old House magazine, chat with friends, and have lunch with my grandchildren. So it...

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