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Harriett Rose

After nearly 19 years of providing our magazine and readers with her monthly observations about life, politics, family and growing older, Observations columnist Harriett Rose is retiring her pen. Read more

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I’ve spent many hours planning my future, my money, my life, my next week – and a lot of the time, it worked out. At this point in my life, I’m not even buying green bananas, and I eat chocolate as soon as it comes in the house. Read more

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Harriett Rose reflects on her extended family – including the "double cousin" phenomena Read more

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After missing her column last month due to bronchitis, Harriett Rose thanks her readers for their kind words and continued support for nearly 20 years. Read more

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I’ve taken other friends to their graves, and I know that the new friends I’ve made will probably take me to mine, but I am fresh out of old friends – I’ve outlived almost all of them. I’m luckier than most my age – I can still think, and I have... Read more

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Since I was forced to quit driving (my son took away my car!), my destinations for car trips have been direct and limited. I’ve gone to doctors, grocery stores or other locales where I had specific missions – no trips just to see what was going on... Read more

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Columnist Harriett Rose reflects on the recent transition of presidential power Read more

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This is my New Year’s column. I usually use it in a nostalgic manner, to remind us of the acts of the departing year and the hopes for the year-to-come. Somehow this year, that paradigm does not fit. Read more

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Observations columnist Harriett Rose celebrates the release of her book “Not Necessarily Kosher – Life, Love and My American Jewish Family.” Read more

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When I learned to drive an automobile, I learned the pedals, the clutch, the brake, window wiper, the lights and where to put the key. Nobody thought I needed to know what made the car function. That’s the same way I learned to use... Read more

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No matter what I had thought of writing this month, the news on TV makes my titles irrelevant.The results of political apportioning the early votes leading to nomination seem unimportant compared to the news from Brussels, but... Read more

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Last month I told you my troubles with my computer. This month I have had more troubles with my computer, which at the moment is inoperable. I won’t tell you how much money this “free gift” of Windows 10 has cost me, but I will... Read more

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Often I am asked where I find the subjects for my column. Of course, my answers vary – sometimes I am prompted by news items in the daily paper, sometimes by personal likes and dislikes, sometimes by validation of what I’m already... Read more

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This year marks the 11th year since I left my house on Beechmont Road and moved into my newly remodeled condominium. I looked that up in response to a “how long have you lived here?” question at a gathering for coffee and pie this... Read more

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When I was a child, time seemed to take forever. If you didn’t get what your heart desired from Santa Claus, the time to wait for that next chance seemed endless.When I was a student, the entire semester seemed long enough to... Read more

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Lexington is my favorite place in all the world, so I understand fully why people want to stay after they come here. College students consistently look for a job that will let them stay; it is a favorite retirement location for Kentuckians;... Read more

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Last week, I observed my 95th birthday. I refused my family’s offer for a party to celebrate. I had had one at 65, at 70, at 75, at 80, at 85 and at 90, and I have the documents and pictures to remind me. I’m lucky enough to have... Read more

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What makes people friends? Shared interests, shared histories, shared values, shared experiences – all or any of these, if they are sufficiently intense. My friend Louise Dutt and I were born the same year to very different families.... Read more

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