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Donna Halper
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Author, educator, media historian, and now...blogger!
Author, educator, media historian, and now...blogger!

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Social Media
In November of 2014, I was diagnosed with cancer.  It wasn't entirely a surprise; most of the women on my late mother's side of the family have gotten the same diagnosis at one time or other.  But it was still upsetting, and I wanted to tell someone.  Of co...
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My Passover (and Easter) Message for 2018
I was talking to someone who reached out to me on social media (he had read something I wrote, and he didn't agree with it); we were having a courteous exchange of views, but then, he told me that if he couldn't change my mind, there was no reason for us to...
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Preserving our Memories in the Digital Age
I'm holding a rare artifact in my hands right now-- it's a fan letter, hand-written, from late December 1935. It was sent by a man from Newburyport MA to his favorite radio announcer, Howell Cullinan of WEEI in Boston. You've probably never heard of Howell,...
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A Mystery from My Past
There's something I've never been able to figure out:  how did my last name get to be Halper?  I understand that it's a common last name for Jews with European ancestry (often seen as Halpern, Helpern, Helperin, Halpert, or Alpert), but where did the name c...
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Wanting Assault Weapons Banned Isn't a "Gun Grab"
After seventeen innocent people, most of them high school students, were murdered in yet another mass shooting, I went on Twitter to remark about two verifiable facts:  most of our mass shootings have involved so-called "assault weapons," with high-capacity...
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Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
My birthday is coming up:  on Valentine's Day, I'll be 71.  Most of the time, I don't think much about my chronological age-- I know I don't look like I'm in my 70s, but even if I did, I see no reason to lie about how old I am or try to hide it. However, th...
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Setting the Right Example
On Martin Luther King Day, President Trump played golf. It's something he often does; by some accounts, he's already been on a golf course about sixty times since becoming president, far more times than President Obama was in his first year.  Of course, Rep...
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A Year to Remember, A Year to Forget
I admit it:  New Year's Eve always depressed me when I was growing up.  For one thing, I'm not much of a party-goer, and I don't understand the custom of going out and getting crazy.  Believe it or don't, I'm shy, and I much prefer hanging out at home and w...
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In Praise of the Moody Blues
When I first began blogging in early 2015, I was taking an online course about political campaigns and the professor (a campaign consultant) asked us to blog every week. I had never blogged before and wasn't sure I'd be good at it, but I gradually got used ...
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Who Are the Role Models These Days?
Yesterday, President Trump, who often complains about "fake news," tweeted out some inaccurate videos that claimed to show Muslims in acts of violence; he got the images from a far-right British organization known for spreading anti-Muslim and anti-immigran...
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