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Fumbling Insults #1

The science is settled. Words can cause no harm.

Still, a disclaimer is in order. The author is neither a scientist nor authoritative voice in anyway.   485 more words


Definition #105 Silent "T" (tsatske)

My toy, my trinket

kinky knick-knack ornament

bauble loyal guy!


I Hear They Make Good Husbands

So much going on, and none of it come to fruition in a way that makes a good blog post. I am working on a follow-up to the material about religion in Yiddish education. 708 more words


The short stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of Everything Is IlluminatedExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Eating Animals, once said that what he loves the most about Isaac Bashevis Singer, is the vulnerability and bravery of his writing. 401 more words

Game 2, Duke PBMT Scrabble tourney, 1/17/2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Jan. 22, 2015

My second opponent in the Duke Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program benefit Scrabble tournament was E., a woman in her 60s who told me she lived in Nashville, Tenn. 596 more words




Irving Schmecky and the Petzels.

I feared their name would cost them.

Still, they had a little local fame

But, can you imagine the costumes? 224 more words


Debates over Religion in Secular Yiddish Education

This past week an article appeared in the Forverts featuring my grandfather and his colleagues. The article is based in large part on the minutes of administration meetings of the Sholem Aleichem Folk Institute. 1,501 more words