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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.

Ice cream maker from hell

It would be easy to blame the Russians, who are known for online shenanigans. But why, after all, would a Russian hacker use my credit card to send an ice cream maker to me at my home, and then try to send Cuisinart accessories for that machine to Montana? As scammers go, this one’s a [...]

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Too much of nothing: true tales of decluttering

My 30-day declutter purge ended not with a bang, but a whimper. After culling drawers, cabinets, shelves and closets throughout the house on the 29 prior days of the challenge, I was stymied by the demand to unload another 30 items on Day 30. Thirty items—that’s a lot. In frustration, I grabbed the tin I [...]

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Guess who’s not coming to dinner?

One summer when I was in my 20s and newly married, the idea took hold in my extended group of friends that it would be fun to stage a massive Italian meal for which everyone would contribute a dish—and by “everyone,” I mean the wives. This was the 1970s, and for the most part, the [...]

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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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    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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