I went to formal education through a Masters’ degree. In that time, I wrote countless papers. Of all the writing assignments through all those years, I only recall one essay. One. I was never focused on grades. I didn’t shy away from difficult classes or unfamiliar subjects because I was…


When I was young, I received an amazing gift that I still use. It is my Betty Crocker New Boys and Girls Cookbook for ages 5+. It is a first edition, first printing dated 1965 so I would have been 5, barely making the cut.

The book has simple recipes…


I was an imaginative little boy. I still have many vivid memories of my childhood. I used to have an imaginary friend who went everywhere with me. His name was Gimme and I would often talk to him out loud. But unbeknownst to most, Gimme had a friend who was…


Through the Dark Window

These are stressful times on so many levels. Between the pandemic, the election, the news, the divisiveness, the anger, and the economy, it is impossible to bring stress to previous levels. These issues hit me on big and small levels. My income is greatly reduced. I…


My grandfather, Irving Dubofsky, had a larger-than-life personality. He spoke or understood Yiddish, Russian, German, Polish, and English. He was a pretty observant Jew, attending services regularly. Normally the rabbi w,ould lead the congregation in reciting Hebrew prayers, but Irving would read faster, throwing off the tempo and making the…


I strongly identify with two cultures where food and entertainment are crucial. I’m Jewish where, like many ethnicities and cultures, food is a huge part of our identity. I’m also a gay man. I’m not sure of the culture now since I cut way back on socializing long ago, but…


When I was in grade school, recess was the best part of the day. The lunch break was superior because it was the longest break. After eating, we would race outside to play. …


Gefilte fish is supposedly an acquired taste. I would say it is more of a bad taste but some of us, over time, get used to it. The caveat being that we get used to our family recipe for homemade gefilte fish. …


Relationships are like the seasons.

In spring, everything is new. Budding and growing, starting to flourish, everything is alive, vibrant, thrilling. The world is potential starting to actualize. It’s bright, full of hope and promise.

Then summer hits. Maturity. Sometimes it is beautiful, sometimes uncomfortable but, overall, it is flourishing…


Night Owl

When I was a teen, I had no trouble staying up really late. I found some of my most productive time for schoolwork was between midnight and 2 am. I often had trouble getting up in the morning and I started my life of waking up cranke. One…

David Fink

I'm a midwesterner who is living this phase of his life in the arts.

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