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Richard Abrons
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VRichard Abrons has received productions of his plays in New York and Los Angeles including: The Body Politic (59East59 St. Theater), Three Travelers (Odyssey Theatre), Three Travelers (St. Clements), Whose Family Values (Clurman Theater), Every Day a Visitor (McGinn-Cazale) and The Brothers Berg (Here). Richard has published over twenty short stories and won the National Magazine Fiction Award for his short story, “Every Day A Visitor.” A compilation of his short stories titled EVERY DAY A VISITOR & OTHER STORIES (Nightshade Press) includes the award winning story “Every Day A Visitor” and “Sleepy” (nominated for a Pushcart Prize). Richard received his BA from Yale, his MBA from Columbia, and his MFA in Writing from NYU. He is a Managing Director of First Manhattan Co., an investment management firm he helped found forty years ago. He is a Vice Chairman and past President of the Henry Street Settlement and a director of GROWNYC. At GROWNYC, he established the Plant-a-Lot program of community gardens in poor neighborhoods -- 60 so far and still going strong.

Entries by Richard Abrons

Symbols

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 3:54 PM

Around the age of 11-12, I became very interested in American History, especially the civil war. I read bios of Lincoln, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. I could name 20 generals on either side and often did so before going to sleep. I devoured a rousing fictional series of...

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Seeking

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:15 PM

In my forties, I felt the desire to gravitate to a higher place. I confided my yearnings to a friend who had immersed himself in spiritual endeavors.

"First," he said, "you read The Only Dance There Is by Ram Dass. Then you take EST. Then I will introduce you to...

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Presidents and I

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 9:17 AM

In 1940 Franklin Delano Roosevelt ran for a third term against Wendell Wilkie. My father took me, a very politically aware 14-year-old, to a political dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. At our table were Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor, and James Petrillo, head of the musicians union. I was awed....

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Fainting

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 4:54 PM

Lately, in my blogs, I can't seem to get away from old age and health issues. So, I determined to leave this wasteland for sunnier topics such as reading, sport and the meaning of life (yes, I know it, but will not reveal it until I am good and ready.)

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Seeing The Glass As Half Full At Age 88

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 6:26 AM

When I was 80, I wrote a memoir in which I said, "if in good health with all the joints and the brain working, what's the big deal?"

Well, now I am 88. Good health? I'd say not bad even though I've had a heart attack, three stents and my...

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Favorite Things

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 3:59 PM

Here are a few of my favorite things. Actually, Sound Of Music is one of them. As is Julie Andrews in her prime. From here on I will list them as they occur to me -- not in order of importance or pleasure.

  • A meal consisting of a thick slice...
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Games We Used To Play

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 7:59 AM

Growing up in New Rochelle in the the 1930s, we played games that now are off the map. I wonder if any of my small but hearty band of readers are familiar with them. You'd have to be old and lived in the suburbs. These games took up much of...

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Take Responsibility

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:21 AM

When I was in my 40s, I asked my 84-year-old uncle what was the most important piece of wisdom he had learned from his long experience.

He thought for a while, and then he said, "take responsibility." That could mean ownership of your thoughts and actions, but I think he...

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Doctors

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 9:36 AM

At 88 and counting (whatever that means), I suddenly seem to be spending a lot of time with doctors. I'm not complaining. It's good that they have something to work on.

First there is my cardiologist. Having had a heart attack and armed with three stents, I have been seeing...

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Janet's Class

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 9:08 AM

If you are of a certain age, retired, without an office and somewhat bored. I have an idea for you. Join an acting group, class, whatever you want to call it. What you need is an experienced leader to guide you and a dozen or so pleasant people who will...

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Give Ups

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:20 PM

Aging is a series of give-ups. Of course, you have to live long enough. If you die from a stroke at 50, you haven't given up anything -- just your life.

I will be 88 next month and have been giving up for the last decade. At around 80...

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The Days of Awe

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 3:36 AM

These are the days of awe. Roshhashana, the Jewish new year, followed eight days later by yom kippur, the day of atonement.

When I was about five, I was talking to some friends in the driveway of our house in New Rochelle. The talk got around to being Jewish. Each...

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This Messy World

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 11:12 AM

We read the morning paper and are, at least momentarily, distressed at all the upheavals throughout the world. Syria, ISIS, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, ebola, a reporter decapitated on YouTube, murder in Brooklyn.

"Seems like things are getting out of hand," Megan remarks as she takes another sip of coffee....

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Letting You In

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 12:15 PM

For somebody who likes to write, my output is meager. About 20 published short stories, a short story compilation, five produced plays, a privately published memoir, and these blogs.

At 87, what's left in me is only these blogs. I intend to continue them until I can no...

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Old Age Revisited

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 7:13 AM

When I was 80, I wrote a personal memoir. This is what I said about old age:

"I am an old man. Eighty has got to be old. But, if in good health with all the joints and the brain working, what is the big deal?"

Now, at 87, I...

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Some Things To Think About

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 6:34 AM

A few maxims have become embedded in my psyche and have helped me live a better life. They are few and they are not old favorites like "a rolling stone gathers no moss" or "a penny saved is a penny earned."

LOVE IS A DECISION. Unromantic? Well, I do not...

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Sense and Sensibility

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 3:36 PM

My lovely and adored wife, Iris, would have been a survivor in prehistoric times. What our neanderthal ancestors needed to evade the sabre tooth tiger and the massive mastodon she has in spades.

Unfortunately, the threats that her highly-tuned senses could conquer are no longer with us. Her uncanny sense...

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Only Connect

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:46 PM

"Only connect" is a quote from "Howard's End" by E.M. Foster. It seems to sum up what much of my life is about. Perhaps yours too.

Nothing is more satisfying than connecting, truly connecting, with another soul or group of souls. How often I look forward to it at a...

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Sleep

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Thought I wouldn't get around to that, did you? Did you really think I would ignore a third of our time? Perhaps you thought I would have nothing to contribute. Wrong. Eighty-seven years, hundreds of conversations, a thousand articles.

And my brother, Alan. I shouldn't be flip because Alan, three...

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Why I'm Bringing My Tennis Racquet With Me To Heaven

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Tennis has been very important in my life. And I'm not even particularly good at it.

When I was eight, away at camp, a racquet was put into my hands. It felt so right. I won the tennis medal there every year until my last. Alas, at the tender age...

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