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A Good Imitation

By Effie-Alean Gross   When we think of an imitation, we might visualize a fake copy of something that is capable of fooling an unsuspecting person. Some artists are so good at reproducing another’s work that the forged version passes for the original.  Dutch artist Han van Meegeren sold fake Vermeers to various collectors, including […]

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A Family Affliction

By Effie-Alean Gross     “How many children do you have?” the doctor asked my 87-year-old mother. She smiled, eyes glancing from him to me. “Why, I have three or four.” Since I’m the last of five children, I was taken aback. Her physician continued, “Who is the President of the United States?”  “I don’t […]


Unforgettable Thanksgivings

By Effie-Alean Gross   Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow (Edward Sandford Martin, 1856-1939).   Like many Americans, I have an abundance of Thanksgiving memories. One is especially noteworthy. I share it along with stories from Mynita, Rosemarie, […]