Author Archives: Michael Levin

Daylight saving time is making us all time travelers again

Two senators have proposed making daylight saving time year-round. Continue reading

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If I can write a novel in a day, you can surely write a book in the next six months. Here’s how

You want to write a book, but you can’t find the time to get started? I’m not impressed. I’m going to write an entire novel in one day, sitting in a bookstore Continue reading

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Rejection by an ex-girlfriend changed my life âₔ” Now I’m an alcoholic who’s been sober for 27 years

I rebuilt my life after 15 years of heavy drinking and now I’ve been sober for 27 years. I’ve experienced incredible changes for the better. Continue reading

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My mother just died, after teaching me an incredible lesson by the way she lived

My mother, who died last week, taught me a valuable lesson about life — not with words, but by the way she lived. Continue reading

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The only new year’s resolution you’ll need in 2019 (it will fix everything, I promise)

Let’s tell the truth about New Year’s resolutions — practically no one makes them anymore, if they ever did. Continue reading

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This Black Friday don’t shop, stay home and throw stuff out

From door busters to midnight specials, most of us will soon be engaged in our nation’s favorite contact sport, shopping on Black Friday. Everybody wants to know where the best bargain is and I’m going to share that information with you right now. Continue reading

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Call me the Thanksgiving Grinch — here are five things I’d rather be doing instead of celebrating the holiday

I hate Thanksgiving and I suspect that I’m not alone. Continue reading

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My daughter wants to get married – here’s the advice she never asked for

Most people dispensing marital advice either have great credentials or great marriages. After 19 years, my wife and I have a good enough relationship but I don’t think we’ll end up in the Marriage Hall of Fame. Also, I’m not a marriage counselor; nor d… Continue reading

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Michael Levin: Pittsburgh’s lessons — To be Jewish is to mourn

Families of the 11 Jews murdered in a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday are preparing to bury their loved ones this week and begin the traditional Jewish mourning period, known as shivah. Continue reading

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Yom Kippur is my favorite Jewish holiday. Yes, Yom Kippur

A day of fasting and prayer, it is the one day in the year when I can stay focused on one activity and one activity only – connecting with God. Continue reading

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Two ugly truths I learned about myself while teaching my three teens to drive

I have three teenage children – an 18-year-old and two 16-year-old twins, and they’re all learning to drive right at the same time. Continue reading

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Hey, President Obama, here are 5 ideas for shows for your new Netflix deal

Netflix has struck a deal with President Obama and Michelle Obama to create original content for the video streaming service. Continue reading

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Daylight saving time: Spring ahead? Not this year, not this guy

This Sunday morning a few of us will saunter into church, brunch or our golf games an hour late – much to the snickers of everyone else. Continue reading

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Our obsession with high scores is killing us — Not everything that can be counted counts

At the same time a Massachusetts girls’ high school basketball team was getting blown out 93-7 last week, I was working the scoreboard at my sons’ high school basketball game, where they got beat by 25. Continue reading

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Confronting my alcoholism — It’s been 26 years since my last drink and an incredible change in my life

My last drink to date – okay, drinks, since we’re talking about at least a bottle of wine – took place exactly 26 years ago, on Jan. 31, 1992. Continue reading

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Here’s a New Year’s resolution that can change your life

As we prepare for 2018, many of us are getting ready to make resolutions to change something about our lives in the new year. Continue reading

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Hanukkah’s real meaning — Don’t just see the spiritual light, share it with the world

Even most Jews are unaware that the key to the observance of Hanukkah isn’t lighting the candles, playing with dreidels (spinning tops), eating latkes (potato pancakes), or giving gifts (in an imitation of Christmas). Continue reading

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Is Neopolitan pizza a world national treasure? We’re about to find out

You might think you’re reading The Onion, but here’s breaking news that’s not fake: Italy has petitioned a United Nations agency to give Neapolitan pizza World Cultural Heritage status. Continue reading

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Thanksgiving recipe: Turkey, stuffing, and great values for your kids

In Richard Kirshenbaum’s book about Manhattan’s uber-wealthy, “Isn’t That Rich?,” a father sighs: “I wish I had my son’s childhood, and I wish he had mine.” Continue reading

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Why I am running the New York City Marathon as a guide for a disabled runner

Sunday will be the sixth time in the last eight years that I’ve run the marathon in New York as a guide runner for runners with disabilities, always under the auspices of Achilles International. Continue reading

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