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Jacqueline Damian

Jacqueline Damian is a writer and editor living in Milford, PA. The author of “Sasha’s Tail: Lessons from a Life with Cats” (W.W. Norton), she has worked in newspapers, magazines and book publishing. She currently edits Xcell Journal, a technical magazine published by the semiconductor company Xilinx.

Getting cozy with Dave, my GPS

We recently caught up with the movie “Her” on Netflix. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s about a guy who falls in love with a Siri-like digital assistant endowed with a sexy voice (Scarlett Johansson’s) and the ability to learn and adapt, thanks to artificial intelligence. The setting was futuristic, but only a little [...]

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Reunion offers peek into people’s lives

If, like the narrator of “Tangled Up in Blue,” you feel that your oldest friends are “an illusion to me now,” I have a simple Rx for you: Go to your class reunion. You will quickly discover that all the people you used to know are just as real as they ever were, and it’s [...]

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The urge to purge

The start of my 30-day purge was a zero-sum day. To be sure, I got rid of one item, as per the rules of the challenge—a Paul Bowles novel that I kept intending to read but just couldn’t get into. The tattered paperback wasn’t in good enough condition to donate. Into the single-stream recycle bin [...]

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A Hard Day’s Night Revisited

Somewhere into the last half of “A Hard Day’s Night,” Paul’s rascal grandfather—inevitably referred to as “a clean old man” throughout the film—urges rebellion on Ringo. Don’t stick around here with your nose in a book, he advises. Go to Tahiti and sip palm wine “before you’re too old, like me.” “I never thought,” Ringo [...]

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A book club just for two

I’ve always loved to read, just like my mother and father and brother. We had lots of books in the house when I was growing up, along with magazines and a couple of daily newspapers. As a housewife with young children Mom joined a Great Books group, making her way through the Western canon from [...]

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Nostalgia in the garden

Just as it did last year, rain has pummeled the peonies. Why do we have to get a downpour the very week they open? We have two rows of them, red, pink and white blooms lining the walkway to the front porch. I planted them right after we moved into this house, hoping to re-create [...]

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Four weddings and a funeral

I’ve often said the only good thing about aging is that everyone else your age is getting older, too. But I’ve never felt the truth of that remark as much as I did last weekend, when I went to Rhode Island for the funeral of one of my oldest friends. Roberta and I grew up [...]

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Anxious about Alzheimer’s

OK, so I’m not the only one. My friend B. is likewise spooked by the specter of Alzheimer’s or, more broadly, dementia in all its forms—perhaps even more than I, since Alzheimer’s disease runs in her family. She watched her brother slowly lose his mind and then die from Alzheimer’s, and now her sister has [...]

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Mirror mirror on the wall…what’s with the wrinkles?!

When I thought about it at all (which if truth be told was seldom), I assumed I’d be one of those women who would “age gracefully,” never lying about my years or bemoaning a few laugh lines or gray hairs. I’d be like Georgia O’Keeffe, still striking in her 80s and 90s, the deep creases [...]

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Cleaning out the in-laws’ house in Vegas

It’s surely a rite of passage in every baby boomer’s life to clean out the house of a parent. And that’s the job we faced during a recent trip to Las Vegas. We weren’t going to Sin City to gamble, see shows or use the city as a launch pad for a trek to the [...]

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    Jacqueline Damian is a writer and editor living in Milford, PA. The author of "Sasha’s Tail: Lessons from a Life with Cats" (W.W. Norton), she has worked in newspapers, magazines and book publishing. She currently edits Xcell Journal, a technical ... Read Full
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