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Friday, June 5, 2020

AUTHOR NAME

Mindy Leaf

32 ARTICLES

The Accidental Gardener

The pale blue-and-white house we'd lived in for the past 25 years was finally beginning to show some wear. To be honest, a lot...

No Exit, South Florida, and my own cycle of hell

“So here I am again” I can’t help thinking as I write this review of Sartre's iconic play, No Exit, where hell has been...

Heathers: The Musical … “What a waste. Oh the humanity.”

Dedicated to all those affected by the Sunday, June 12, Orlando attack. With love.   Anyone familiar with the brilliant 1988 American cult black-comedy film...

Doctor, please treat me like a dog

They'd only just arrived from London a few days earlier — my daughter, Alison, and Sophia, her emotional support pet. Named in honor of...

The Pleasures of Staying Home

I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily...

Revenge of the Dishwasher

Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if...

HUGS: NOT WANTED

Our lawn guy — who always shows up at his convenience and conveniently ignores any extra requests (except to say he'll return later, with...

Stop! Don’t Shoot!

Another day, another senseless shooting. We bring you this summer's blockbuster season of random shootings in our nation's movie theaters! See guns discharged by madmen...

Art, Medicine, and a Real Education

More and more doctors today are using methods taught in art class to help diagnose their patients. Yes, art class. At a time when budget...

Why bad things happen to good people

"Why do bad things happen to good people?" is a question as old as mankind and human memory. Though widely addressed through the ages...

This is Me (or is it?) — The Facebook Paradox

My sole Facebook friend (acceptance required, as she is my stepdaughter) has lately been  "pinning" her life on Pinterest. It seems she's discovered yet...

It’s All About Me (and Pluto)

NASA scientists celebrated a new landmark in space exploration, and human achievement, early Tuesday morning. After traveling for nine-and-a-half years and a distance of...

A Short Guide to the Good Life

This week, I've been dipping into a new/old book on how to live your life. It's called A Strategy for Daily Living by psychiatrist...

Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left...

Not a Fan — a declaration of independence

Superhero summer has blasted down among us once again. The past weekend saw some 43,000 Florida Supercon attendees at the Miami Beach Convention Center...

American Football gets an F!

Attention all parents! Before signing your kids up for the football team at camp — or during the school year — you must read...

Starry Nights

It's not every night one has a transcendent experience while taking out the garbage. But that's exactly how I felt several nights running when...

I am NOT impressed! — a rant against ‘The Man’

I'm generally thought of a "nice" person. At least I've been told so often enough. I'm naturally kind, sympathetic, conscientious about things I promise...

Travels with TOPS! — when every ride is a new spine-chilling adventure

It was the thrill ride of a lifetime. With the bursts of speed and sharp, unexpected turns, it left me breathless and hanging on...

Bad Cat!

The cat pooped on the couch again, and my husband isn't talking to me. That is, he's only deigning to address me if absolutely...

Reading Yesterday’s News

My house has been hit by another avalanche — several actually — of piles of newspapers. We Leafs are members of the idiosyncratic minority...

Saving the World — one painting (or sculpture) at a time

Once I would have been called an "art groupie." From creating art as a kid to following in the footsteps of my favorite masters--both...

Price-Less Art

A new musician-friend of mine recently handed me his latest CD, which I happily accepted. It was "Volume 7" in a professionally produced series,...

The Broken Wrist Effect

I'm typing this slowly, with only my right hand, as my left is in a splint furnished by my neighborhood's Urgent Care Clinic. Where...

Maccabi Game fever strikes my local JCC

A bright red, digital clock counts down the days, hours and minutes in my Jewish Community Center's main lobby, and at the gym entrance....

And the lies go on . . .

Did you know that shiny new wood-style flooring you pulled up the ratty old carpet for can kill you? If you've covered your rooms...

The Search for Inner Space

It's come down to my morning shower. That's the only time it seems, of late, when I can be quietly alone, free to think...

I’m grateful for life’s little bumps

We all know it's bound to happen, sooner or later. Spend any time on the road in South Florida and no matter how “safe”...

Second Time’s the Charm: in praise of second marriages

My husband and I used to be the only couple at our pub's, mostly male, weekly gatherings. But lately a new female acquaintance (who'd...

Medication Nation

You'd think we'd know better by now—or at least learn from our mistakes. But while first world problems concerning recreational drug use may have...

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