Tag: generational change

Learning to Play Mahjong

Learning to Play Mahjong
Games my Mother Played and Why I don’t Play Games It is the sounds that are etched in my memory. Tiles clacking on the table. Calls of “one bam” and “two crack.” Laughter. My mother played mahjong with her friends when I was young. By the time I was old enough to learn the game,... Read more »

Women’s Rights: What my Granddaughters Need to Know

My 12-year-old granddaughter, who has declared her intention to be the first woman president, was shocked to learn that in 1940, a widow supporting two children earned half the salary of her male co-workers at a public relations firm. “That’s not fair,” she declared. Indeed, it is not, but it still happens today. This is... Read more »

Reflections on the Sixth Anniversary of my Father’s Death

All parents are something of an enigma to their children. That was certainly true of my father, Sidney Levine, who died on July 5, 2012. As I have aged, I have felt a greater need to understand who he really was. On this sixth anniversary of my father’s death, I’m thinking of one aspect of... Read more »

A Multi-Generational Mothers Day Tribute

My grandmothers had hard lives. They left their families in the “old country” at an age when girls today are just getting braces for their teeth, traveled by themselves on long ocean voyages to live with people they had never met, worked in sweat shops, married young, and spent much of their time cooking and... Read more »

A Woman's Place and Other Thoughts from my Nasty Snake-Filled Head

Courtland Sykes, a Republican running for Senate against Democrat Claire McCaskill in Missouri, just called me a “she devil.” He wants me to know that, in 2018, “Men and women are different and gender-bending word games by a goofy nest of drugstore academics aren’t going to change anything — except the fantasy life of those... Read more »

Texting with my Stars: How to Connect with Grandkids

I have finally accepted that texting is the only way to really reach my kids. I guess email is passé for their generation. But texting with my grandkids? This has become a whole new thing, and I love it. A few of the older ones actually have their own phones, resulting in messages like this: I’m... Read more »

How do I Communicate with You?

What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. The irate parent had showed up for preschool with her three-year-old and baby in tow. When she was told it was a non-school day, she erupted in rage. How was she supposed to know that? Despite receiving this information on school-year and monthly calendars and newsletters,... Read more »

When Did Halloween Become Such a Huge Deal?

When did Halloween evolve into such a huge deal? I have a hard time remembering much about Halloween from my childhood. Perhaps that’s because I am trying to dredge up memories from 60 years ago. Once, I asked my mother what costumes I wore for Halloween, and she informed me that it really wasn’t a... Read more »

Generations of Fathers

When one of my brothers did something caring for my late mother, she used to say he was like a daughter. In her world view, men did not do much care giving. Similarly, Robert Fulghum wrote this Mother’s Day tribute to his son: “I called him a ‘Mother’ in that he reflected the spirit of... Read more »

Happy Siblings Day

Today is my brother’s birthday, so I was searching old family photos for one of his baby pictures to post on Facebook. But it is also Siblings Day, so how could I leave my baby brother out of the celebration? As the three of us have become seniors, orphans, and grandparents, the squabbles and feuds... Read more »