Author Archives: jyourist

Street Typography

I am so amazed at the talent of sign painters and those who can letter by hand (my father’s skills). This was filmed two years ago in London.  

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Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink

I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, a once bustling metropolis. With industry having left and the information age in full swing, it is now a shadow of its former self, as in other cities of the midwest. Toledo is situated on … Continue reading

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Didn’t you write a legal brief?

Maybe it was because I had just praised the whole class about how well they did on the last assignment, better than any class had done before. Maybe it was because the challenge was actually very engaging. Maybe it was … Continue reading

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Driven to the light

On my way to work today I passed beneath the walkway between the two McCormick Places which crosses above Lakeshore Drive. Inside, on the ceiling of that overpass, were red and blue lights and somehow, strangely, I was teleported back to … Continue reading

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“The Pilgrim Is Bridled and Bespectacled” by Bridget Lowe

World, I honor you. After everything we’ve been through, I honor you and take you with me up the mountainside where we will live in wonderment. I take you to the desert where we shrivel like worms and become tongues … Continue reading

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Classroom choreography

It’s only Day Three of school with the students and I feel exhausted. The pace of teaching is obviously so very different from the pace of a laid back summer. It’s only Day Three and my antennae are already up … Continue reading

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RIP to the Italian Diva Magda Olivero 1910-2014

Driving home from work today, listening to NPR, I heard the announcement of the death of Magda Olivero, an Italian opera singer who was 104 years old. Her style embraced a mega vibrato combined with a powerful breath control which allowed “Olivero … Continue reading

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