In retirement, only money and symptoms are consequential.

City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).

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In retirement, I look for days off from my days off.

City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).

At retirement, switching from “I must” to “I want” leaves me puzzled and uneasy.

City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).

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“Revenge,” I shrieked, groping to remember the affront.

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Revenge is sweet but not nourishing.

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