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Bat Mitzvah Speech

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My daughter Hannah had her bat mitzvah this Sunday (see below). It was one of the most important days of her life. For a Jewish girl it ranks somewhere close to getting married or having a firstborn. You really don’t know what true emotions are until you become a parent. As I am writing this…

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Creative Process

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I am back from CA and from my sabbatical. About the sabbatical. Two thirds of the new book is complete, and this two thirds came from my downloading thoughts that already resided in my subconscious mind. However, the last third of the book explores a topic that is new to me. I’ve been reading a lot…

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Life – 2017 Edition

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This article will be quite different from my previous ones. I am not going to talk about the stock market, particular stocks, the economy, or the new president. Instead I’ll talk about life. If the following is of no interest to you, no worries, skip this one. I promise you I’ll discuss the regular stuff in…

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Santa Fe Revisited 2015

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Last year I wrote about (what has become) our annual trip to Santa Fe. The first two years it was grandfather, father, and son (my oldest, Jonah, who is 14). This year, the “boys” trip was turned into a “boys +1” adventure as we were joined by my nine-year-old daughter, Hannah.

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Rach 3 and I

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Except for a second-place trophy in chess (I think it was in second grade), I never won anything. Until a few weeks ago. Michael Peltz, managing editor of Institutional Investor magazine, submitted two of my articles for Azbee Awards. I didn’t even know what they were, but it turns out they’re an award given out…

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My Robin Williams Story

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I was showing my eight-year-old daughter, Hannah, who Robin Williams was. She knew him as the voice of Ramon in Happy Feet (listen here) but had never seen his movies. We were browsing through YouTube videos and stumbled on a clip from a movie that brought back a lot of memories. Before I tell you about the…

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Our Trip to Santa Fe

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As I get older, I find welcome recurrences popping up in my life; or as Tevya the Milkman from Fiddler on the Roof would put it, my life is turning into a series of traditions. In February each year I go to a conference in Florida, then in early May there is Buffett’s Omaha shindig,…

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Homophobic Arbitrage

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Last week I went to a conference in South Beach. I made reservations for our hotel a few months ago, but I did not make a reservation for the one night we needed at Key West. I did not know much about the Keys and didn’t have time to research them before the trip.

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My Russian Book

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Let me tell you a story about the painting . My books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Romanian, and Russian. Usually, the publisher (in my case John Wiley & Sons – I love them to death!) that published the book in the original language takes care of selling foreign rights. The author…

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Skiing – My Story

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One of my brightest childhood memories is of skiing.  I spent my childhood in Murmansk, a port city up in northwest Russia (located above the Arctic Circle).  Incidentally, it was the birthplace of the fictional submarine Red October from the movie The Hunt for Red October.  On Sundays, my family – my father and mother,…

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Super Bowl is a Tradition

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My parents were never into sports.  During my childhood in Murmansk, I probably went to one game of soccer with my father, though the central stadium was a block away.  My father barely watched sports; we’d watch occasional hockey finals games on TV, but that was about it.  I was never athletic enough to play…

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Spring is here

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Spring is here, time to ride my bicycle to work.  This is the season when I pinch myself to remind me how great life is.  I have to admit, I truly started to appreciate life when I had kids.  They are still young – my son Jonah is 10, daughter Hannah is six.  Though I…

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