Things that don’t matter

Over the past 3 or 4 years, I've been experiencing a strange phenomenon. It's as if any importance I'd attached to certain things, events, and people just... falls away. I've noticed myself filing such things into a mental list that just seemed to pop up out of nowhere, entitled "Things That Don't Matter." I find …

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Family meal

On a Monday evening once or twice a month, at a time in the evening when many New Yorkers would be opening smartphone apps to order dinner delivery, a car full of my in-laws pulls up at our apartment building in Ridgewood, Queens. Jorge's two brothers and sister, his parents and their two poodle-mix puppies …