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  • Hungarian childhood memories

    By Ellie Kahn, Oral Historian

    1 week ago

    Elsie Schwartz was 88 years old when I interviewed her to record her life memories and stories.  When we finished, she said, "My story wouldn't be complete if I didn't tell you how lucky I am to have a family who loves me and shows it.  The world is a very different place from the...

  • Senior Moments - Proudly Jewish in ‘Sunset’

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Within the first moments of the comedy/drama "Sunset Park," I wanted to get to know Sheila Oaks, who plays widowed mother

    Evelyn Horowitz two nights a week at the Zephyr Theatre. Something about Oaks' authentic, sensitive portrayal of a 70-something New York Jewish woman made me...

  • Anticipating Orphanhood

    By Ellie Kahn

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Over coffee at Panera, my friend Ellen and I discussed our children's school, her career options and my recent dating adventures. And we laughed about the policeman who didn't give Ellen a ticket because he liked her "Beat Bush" sticker. We laughed a lot, as we usually do.

    Then we...

  • Senior Moments - And in This Corner, Stella Goren

    By Ellie Kahn

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Stella Goren is only about 4-foot-10, but she packs a strong punch.

    It all started when she was turning 79, and her husband asked what she wanted for her birthday.

    "I'd like to work out at a gym with a personal trainer," Goren told him.

    In spite of thinking she was meshugge and...

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  • A Man and His Toys

    By Ellie Kahn

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Irvin Kipper may be 88 years old, but he still loves wooden blocks and Tinker Toys.

    In fact for 60 years, "Kip"

    has spent his days thinking almost exclusively about dolls and trains and stuffed bears, because he owns Kip's Toyland in the original Farmers Market.

    Kipper just can't...

  • There’s No Time Like the Present

    By Ellie Kahn

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In my family, death and funerals seem to inspire joking. Maybe it's discomfort, but it also seems to be a lack of concern and heaviness about the whole thing. No one in my family does much visiting of graves, and burials are apparently not deemed necessary.

    My mother wants her body...

  • Moving Mom

    By Ellie Kahn

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When I last wrote this column for The Jewish Journal several months ago, I had no idea that my mother would soon be living a short bike ride away. Or that her relocation to Los Angeles would take over my life. But transitions, while challenging and stressful, thankfully don't usually...

  • To Let Go, to Love, to Forgive

    By Ellie Kahn

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "I have good news! My cancer is in remission." I've called Elsie Schwartz to talk about the High Holy Days, but the news about her illness is an unexpected surprise and a huge relief. At 89, Elsie has taught me a great deal about life and about choosing to face death by living fully...
  • Chicken Soup and a Mother’s Journey

    By Ellie Kahn

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When I'm 79, I want to be Mollie Pier.

    With a name like that, she could have been a torch singer or silent film actress, but she's not at all famous -- except to the people who appreciate and adore her.

    What I love about Mollie is her vibrant, warm personality and her seemingly...

  • Viagra and Love

    By Ellie Kahn

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I've been thinking about sex.

    Now that I'm over 50, I'm enjoying sex more than I did in my youth. Will the fun last, I wonder?

    Many people assume that aging means the loss of sexuality. I don't want to believe it. Maybe, as we get older, our pictures of what constitutes sex just has to...

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