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Your face will shine through all our tears. Thank you, Pete Seeger.

February 4, 2014

It’s the mid-‘90s and I’m in the old kitchen of the Red House—summer sunlight slants in and music spills from a little boom box. “Sailin’ up,” Pete Seeger’s voice sings into this room we’re all hanging out in together, and my cousin Bill echoes, “Sailin’ up.” “Up.” “Down.” “Down.” “Up.” “Up and down the river. […]

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don’t forget to thank your saints today

October 28, 2013

Satchmo and Danny Kaye are in my pantheon. Who’s in yours?

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Write me a few of your lines

March 26, 2013

Continuing the epistolary theme (which continues in my life and my mind):  

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Hallelujah!

March 5, 2013

How can I not fall in love with these seven beautiful earnest siblings singing their hearts out in Central Park? And how can I not want to read Alan Light’s The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah”, an entire book about a single song and what it’s come […]

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In Memoriam: Franya Berkman, June 23, 1969-August 26, 2012

October 25, 2012

Below, words spoken at Franya’s Memorial Service and Celebration of Life on October 20: I met Franya 25 years ago last month, as fellow freshmen at Marlboro College. She left Marlboro after a year, and we stayed in each other’s lives as we bounced through the geographical and emotional upheavals of our late teens, twenties […]

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In Memoriam: Franya

August 27, 2012

Two by Rumi: Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. The breeze at dawn has secrets […]

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In Praise of Idleness

February 4, 2012

I have long advocated leaving children alone with no easy distractions (television, computers) so that they can experience boredom, a constructive, fertile boredom that is not to be confused with the trapped boredom one can feel in, for instance, an uninspiring classroom. What a gift when a parent says, “Go find something to do,” instead of […]

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open winter

December 18, 2011

There’s this to say for it: we keep getting to walk in the woods.

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Thank you, Portland

September 28, 2011

For a blissful movie experience at Living Room Theaters. See Gainsbourg if you can (most smoking EVER in a movie). It’s made by the same fabulous woman, Joann Sfar, who wrote and illustrated the graphic novel The Rabbi’s Cat. For yummy tacos at Por Qué No? and lush Pho at Jade Teahouse. For stellar yoga […]

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Rah Rah for Ta Tas (Hallelujah)

September 18, 2011

In Portland, OR today more than 35,000 people walked and ran in Race for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research, early detection and education. The energy of the crowd was peaceful and joyous—in part because of how seamlessly and carefully the huge event was organized—nothing for participants to fret about—plenty of information […]

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