Some Kind Of Mouse

By Mordechai Schmutter My son Daniel came home with a gerbil the other day. These kids pick up the weirdest things in school. (Yes, his morah sent it home.) It...

The Height Of Fright

The Wallendas are a multi-generational circus family often referred to as “The Flying Wallendas.” The family’s American circus history began in 1928 when Karl Wallenda and his troupe of...

The Way It Is: Give Me Some Space

  There are times when people don’t think before they speak. When that happens it may cause hurt feelings to the listener. Occasionally, it gets out of hand and leads...

The Way It Is: It Could Always Be Worse

  There is an oft-used expression that goes like this: “Things could always be worse.” Never has this been more evident than it is right now. I recently vented about...

The Way It Is: Squirrely Situations, Part 2

Several years after my first encounter with a squirrel in the basement of my house, I had the dubious pleasure of another face-to-face meeting. I was sitting in my backyard,...

The Way It Is: Pushing My Buttons

  There are certain expressions that most of us would probably not use. It is unlikely that many folks would say, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” It...

Beginners’ Marriage

By Mordechai Schmutter Is it just me, or did you also notice that a lot of people seem to get married around Lag B’Omer? There are so many days of...

Schmutter: Something’s Going Around

  These days, it seems like more and more people are into insisting that the Earth is flat, and that we all believe it’s round because of a grand conspiracy....

Twins: Buy One Get One

  There are lots of little complications that people don’t think about when someone has twins. We’re just like, “Oh, so cute!” Because two of anything small is cute. That’s...

Weekly Kvetch

By Klara Register Your Complaints My hand was shaking when I wrote the check for my daughter’s high school registration this week. $2,000! I have to say it again — $2,000!...
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