Editorial articles by publisher Ray Lesser

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The Inaction Model of Action

By Ray Lesser

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Or, How To Let Problems Take Care Of Themselves

People often ask me, “How come you always look so calm and centered? I’ve seen your desk and it’s piled with stacks of bills, manuscripts, clown noses, leftover food containers, plumbing parts … I just don’t understand how someone with so much on their plate can approach their life with so much serenity. What’s your secret?” Continue reading

Book of the Month Club

By Ray Lesser

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Two weeks ago I got a call from my Aunt Ada to come help her. “I knew this day would come,” she says. “I’ve run out of room on my bookshelves. Also, if you’re coming over anyway, bring me a Swiss chocolate bar.” Continue reading

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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