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A child is comforted on a bus headed to a hotel after she arrived from Mariupol in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine.

I grew up during a time of civil war. My childhood was among the casualties.

Conflicts like the one in Ukraine and the one that marred my youth in Burundi create generations of children who aren’t children anymore.

Taliban fighters on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, outside a police station in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 1.

A life in hiding from the Taliban

My young sons don’t understand why we haven’t left this safe house in six months. At this holy time of the year, we celebrate only that we remain alive.


Our totally healthy true crime obsession

Don’t feel guilty about indulging in a genre that’s been around as long as storytelling itself.

My mother, Julia Mazur, as the maid of honor at her brother's wedding.

How old are you? Don’t ask, don’t tell.

It seemed to them that once a woman passed 30, her age was not only a secret but also shameful. After all, we’d never celebrated our mother’s big birthdays, not 50, 60, 70, or 80. Presents yes, but no countable candles on the cakes.


Some thoughts on ‘emerging’

It’s a word that comes up over and over these days when people are talking about COVID-19. Are we emerging from the pandemic? Are new variants emerging? We’d like to meet you for dinner — are you emerging yet?

Unlike Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not only could I not sink a buzzer-beating skyhook in an NBA playoff game, I certainly did not act in the funniest movie ever made (Abdul-Jabbar played copilot Roger Murdock in “Airplane!," here with pilot Peter Graves), or run a foundation to promote STEM education among inner-city schoolchildren.

They’re all better than me!

I can barely string together a few hundred words every two weeks, while successful athletes such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, and former big-league outfielder Doug Glanville have written columns that have reached tens of thousands of readers.

An electronic highway sign on on Interstate 93 in Boston in 2014: “Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah.”

Observations from a Tocquevillian tour of post-pandemic America

We need to reload the code of the road.

"Even as we continue to kill one another, and even as nature too becomes a casualty of war, it remains for us a force of its own, like gravity or faith or love."

Resilient nature amidst the ravages of war

A field biologist in Vermont struggles to reconcile his awe at nature with his horror of the conflict in Ukraine.