Mike Fink
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Just a story set in 1951, the start of the “Fabulous 50s,” after World War II and its aftermath.  We were deeply involved in the “Cold War” against our former … more
Several summers ago, I spotted a graceful shape in an empty field, a leftover lot among the riverside shacks in South Kingstown. It was an abandoned skiff, a simple rowboat that had outlived its … more
Sukkot has become my favorite holiday. We actually didn’t have a sukkah in my boyhood. But when my kids were young, we took the old good-wood storm doors and windows from the cellar … more
I don’t “Google.” Instead, I pick up a book from any of the many bookshelves in my various abodes.  There are even volumes at the dump I take home and … more
No piping plovers at the dunes, but I checked out Moonstone Beach and a single sandpiper came from the shoreline to greet me. Another day – a foggy/misty morn – as I strolled from the towers to the oblong where the Narrow River pours into Narragansett Bay, I found a solitary waterfowl, an avocet I think, short but with a long curved beak and heron-like legs. Perhaps it was a Stilt. It made up for my disappointment in not coming across cliff swallows or arctic terns. more
We met for coffee to discuss her book, its past and its future.  She handed me an advance copy of “Eavesdropping in Oberammergau”: a black and white cover photograph of a cliff and … more
The young newlywed soldiers from the StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers Tour (see page 3) appeared at Laurelmead Cooperative, in Providence, in April and were warmly received by the mostly elderly … more
Marguerite Dorian Taussig came to our town, taught a class in botany, composed and contributed a fine and witty essay about how the names of perfumes change to reflect the mood of the times, and … more
Harry Ezratty’s helpful and useful study of Caribbean Jewish history, in “The Jews in the New World” trilogy, claims there isn’t much of a Sephardic presence in Puerto Rico:  Spanish rule and the Inquisition discouraged all but a few … more
I like to fight back against the health-food and exercise addicts.  “My father,” I claim, “prescribed salt – a pile, a pillar, of it  against infection, a cigarette as a cure for a cold, and a shot of Four Roses as a pick-me-up … more
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