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Gulliver’s Gate: It’s a Really, Really Small World After All

We were in New York earlier this month to pick up two awards that our book, The Whole Spiel, had won. As we walked down 44th Street on our way to the awards party, we stopped in Dubai, Thailand, and the … Continue reading

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We Wrote a New Book – And We’re Giving You The Whole Spiel!

Through the years, when we presented our book talk, audience members would ask if we were working on a second book. We laughed. What could be a follow-up to our Dictionary of Jewish Words? A thesaurus? A phonebook? If you know … Continue reading

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New and Improved  . . . Not Really

  Back in the day, you didn’t have to ask if the gefilte fish was “free range.” You knew it was because the carp had been swimming free in your bathtub the day before. When we were kids, we didn’t … Continue reading

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We Have No Loyalty to the “Loyal Shoppers Club” 

As we waited in the airport for a plane back to Philadelphia recently, we glanced at our boarding passes and were pleasantly surprised to see Group 1 printed at the bottom. Group 1? We are usually in Group 4, along … Continue reading

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Day of winter a blip on the weather calendar

Twenty-three inches of snow ago, we were feeling pretty smug. We were proud that we didn’t waste money on a January vacation to the Riviera Maya like some of our friends did. We were glad we didn’t prepay for discount … Continue reading

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Teach Your Parents Well

When our children were young, we introduced them to the pleasures of our childhoods — from reading Goodnight Moon to riding a two-wheeler. We relished the chance to play with them and expand their horizons, but our horizons were limited to … Continue reading

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We’re Suspicious About Social Media

We’ve been Word Maven-ing for almost 15 years. When our first edition of The Dictionary of Jewish Words was published in 2001, Mark Zuckerberg was in high school and tweeting was for the birds. We’ve had to learn how to … Continue reading

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