Editorial articles by publisher Ray Lesser

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Do It Yourself Instructions

By Ray Lesser

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A sukkah is the temporary hut in our backyard that my family rebuilds and has our meals in for a week every fall. This is to commemorate the time when our people wandered for forty years in the wilderness and lived without screened windows to keep the flies and mosquitoes out of our houses. Our family sukkah was purchased many years ago as a kit, and is assembled each year in much the same way as an IKEA shelf unit might be, if an IKEA shelf unit measured 8 x 8 x 16 feet and you had lost the instructions on how to put it together ten years ago. So this year I’ve written my own set of updated instructions, to make sure I never again forget how to put this thing together. Continue reading

Paper Towels

By Ray Lesser

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Paper towels take up almost an entire section of grocery store shelves, even more than pickles or canned tuna fish, and yet we know so little about how this came to be. Today we examine the very important question: Where did paper towels come from? Continue reading

The Grandson

By Ray Lesser

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Samson has baskets full of toys at Grandpa’s house but none of them is as interesting as his rock. Samson carries his rock around and pounds it on the floor and furniture. Continue reading

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Best Bicycle Practices

By Ray Lesser

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When I was a kid, riding bikes was something you only did until you could get your hands on the keys to a car. Because, face it, you were never going to get laid on the back seat of a Schwinn. Continue reading

Empty Cache

By Ray Lesser

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My mind is a mix between dangerously empty and completely full. It’s overflowing with old, mostly useless information, like remembering the exact spot where I taped the Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed poster to my bedroom ceiling when I was in high school. Continue reading

Credit Where Credit Is Due

By Ray Lesser

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Once upon a time, the phrase “once upon a time” didn’t exist. Then Mother Goose came up with it and it went viral, to the point where every five-year-old can practically recite it in their sleep. Continue reading

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Big Boss Man

By Ray Lesser

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Are you ready for the biggest turnaround ever, America? Because I’m going to turn this country around so fast, other countries are going to get whiplash just trying to see where we went. Continue reading

Off The Rack

By Ray Lesser

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I bought the belt I’m wearing at a truck stop in Montana over 40 years ago. It’s the only belt I ever wear, not because I’m cheap, or neurotic, (although I am, I am), but rather because it’s the only really comfortable belt I’ve ever been able to find. Continue reading

America Is Coming Unwrapped

By Ray Lesser

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Many of the most popular items on YouTube today are not music videos, or viral videos of dancing cats, or even Donald Trump doing his karaoke version of “My Way.” Continue reading

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Anxiety

By Ray Lesser

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I spend a lot of time worrying about my anxiety. I’m only trying to quiet my disquietude, or apprehend my apprehension, or wrestle with my restlessness, or, can we just talk about something else? This is making me anxious. Continue reading