The Bookworm Sez: Cradles of Power

Your parents had such high hopes for you.

You were going to make it, and make something of yourself.

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The Bookworm Sez: They Left Us Everything

Your grandmother’s jewelry will be yours someday.

You’ve known that since you were small and were caught playing with them.

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The Bookworm Sez: Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year

Someone, call the fire department.

Right. That old birthday-candle joke was funny the first time you heard it, decades ago; now, though, not so much.

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The Bookworm Sez: Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Thank you for your service.

You’ve said that many times recently, and meant every word to every soldier. Thank you for keeping us protected. Thank you for your bravery. Thank you for your sacrifice.

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The Bookworm Sez: Political Suicide

Politicians are human.

There are surely times when you’d like to think otherwise, but the truth is that they laugh, they cry, they love—and they do boneheaded things.

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The Bookworm Sez: Dimestore: A Writer’s Life

You never have to darn your socks.

That was a weekly chore for Grandma, but when you have holes in your socks, you go buy new ones.

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