Category Archives: Family Archive


Last Friday was the senior prom night for our eldest. Here are a few pictures taken during the photo session prior to the dance. No commentary is truly necessary.    

Carnegie Hall

I’ve heard it many times in the past that performing at the Carnegie Hall in New York always features among the major highlights of a musician’s career. Well, one of my children have gotten it out of the way at a pretty early stage. Becky and her high school choir participated in a program at

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It’s been twenty years, America

In the last few years, among all of the celebrations of family birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, and even national holidays, this particular date has descended into relative obscurity. I might have completely forgotten it by now if my Mom did not bring it up during the Thanksgiving dinner the other day. Twenty years ago today our

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College tour wrap-up

Twelve universities. Roughly 3,200 miles driven. Plenty of impressions that started to crowd each other towards the end. A few obvious judgments and a number of decisions of greater nuance. Four additional colleges that did not fit into our travel plans were also in the mix. Two of those were from the cheaper/safer category. One

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College tour impressions: NYU

NYU had a chance to become my own alma mater. They blew that opportunity when I was offered way too few transfer credits based on my Russian undergraduate studies. (I went to a cheaper school that offered me full two years of transfer credits plus a generous merit-based scholarship.) I don’t hold grudges. And when

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College tour impressions: Rutgers

With the exception of just a handful of the States in the Union, for a student aspiring to the Ivy League-level education, the nearby state school gets designated as a “safety” choice: An institution with a much better chance of being accepted to than those super-selective top schools, but something that will only be considered

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College tour impressions: Drexel

Sometimes people check out stuff they come across in the infomercials. Drexel was nowhere near our list of targets for Becky’s higher education. It is not big on liberal arts and humanities subjects, instead priding itself on offering strong programs in applied sciences and professional lines of study. Not at all what our undecided applicant

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