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Mein Yiddishe Papa: In defense of dad

Mein Yiddishe Papa: In defense of dad

By Ed Harris Households across America this month celebrated Father’s Day. June, with its “Dads and Grads,” is probably a great month for Hallmark, especially now that most of humanity has embraced Facebook as a way to offer free birthday congratulations, a transgression I have committed more than a few times myself. You can get(…)

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My two left feet

My two left feet

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist I knew being a father would bring surprises: Becoming a “Dancing Dad” is one, however, I never saw coming. I am in fact a terrible dancer, much to my wife’s disappointment, as her favorite leisure-time activity when we first met was folk dancing. Early dates of ours included student(…)

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Hurry up, kids. I wanna be a grandpa

Hurry up, kids. I wanna be a grandpa

Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article entitled “The Long (Long) Wait to be a Grandparent.” Tell me about it. We baby boomers took longer to marry and have kids than prior generations, and millennials are pushing these traditional milestones of adulthood out even further. Hence the millions of(…)

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A visit to the Magic Meat Kingdom

A visit to the Magic Meat Kingdom

By Ed Harris Recently, my wife and youngest son, Izzy, went to Los Angeles on midwinter school break. The first day of our vacation was spent at Disneyland. While at the Magic Kingdom I reminisced about my first Disney experience, at Disney World in Florida, which took place on a spring break road trip from(…)

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Reflections on the rat race

Reflections on the rat race

By Ed Harris, JTNews Columnist What if I never moved from New Jersey to Seattle with my wife and then-infant daughter over 20 years ago? How might life have been different if we remained in the New York area? This thought occurred over winter break on a trip to Boca Raton with my youngest son(…)

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The parallel America

By Ed Harris, JTNews Columnist “I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians… [W]here did the idea come from that… we aren’t allowed to worship God?” — Ben Stein, from CBS Sunday Morning, Dec. 18, 2005 It’s not uncommon for me(…)

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Marching to the beat of a different drumstick

Marching to the beat of a different drumstick

By Ed Harris , JTNews Columnist It’s time to celebrate Thanksgiving, and like all families, we have our own traditions, some inherited, some of our own creation. Shortly after we moved to Seattle in 1990, my parents gave us a roasting pan as a gift. Before we had moved, my cousin Joan in West Caldwell,(…)

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