January 13, 2002 Essayist Diane Roberts has lots to complain about. Well, she has the right. She's utterly ill. "Our noses are raw," she says, "we walk as if our legs are made out of glass, we clutch raggedy Kleenexes as if they were pieces of the Shroud of Turin."
January 1, 2002 Commentator Amy Dickinson recounts her horrible New Year's Eve as her daughter got stuck in an elevator in her apartment building.
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April 24, 2001 Blending into a new city can be a difficult thing in any country, and foreigners living abroad often need to find ways to decompress. Commentator Shai Oster describes the almost religious experience of the morning commute in Beijing.
November 27, 2000 Commentator Bill Harley learned the hard way that he didn't really need so much stuff after all. He says that traveling without his suitcase started out as an inconvenience, but turned into a blessing in disguise.
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August 29, 2000 Commentator Carol Wasserman grieves the end of summer. Although she's an adult, she still feels as if she will have to go back to school in the fall. She wonders why all the "shrinks" take this time of year off to vacation, when August is when they are needed most to deal with this leftover feeling from childhood.
August 1, 2000 Most Americans come to France expecting to see the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower. Commentator David Sedaris describes his experiences in the City of Lights from his preferred venue: the inside of a movie theater.
January 2, 2000 Weekend Edition's Alfred Lubrano writes a letter to future generations: "We, your ancestors, lead complex, messy lives. We can't program our VCRs. We keep just half our marriages intact. You should see what we've done with the water."
January 1, 1999 Commentator Bill Harley tells about his childhood tendency to get injured -- especially on holidays. His parents were always rushing him off to the emergency room. He tells the story of one New Year's Day when his father was deeply involved in the Rose Bowl game and once again Harley was in need of immediate medical attention.
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