Monthly Archives: November 2010

A witty and uncanny simpatico

Evelien Lohbeck is a young video artist from the Netherlands, who cleverly plays with the line between fantasy and reality. Her work reminds me of the early experiments with animation at the end of the 19th century. Below is an … Continue reading

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Why I really love teaching

Yes, I love working with kids. Yes, I love helping them to deepen their understandings of themselves and the world. Yes, I want them to feel accountability and responsibility to the larger community in which they live. Yes, I want … Continue reading

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Uncovering Senorita Rio

I have always loved comics. I got to read a lot of them when I was growing up because my uncle owned a book and wine store in Ohio and he always had piles of them to give away to … Continue reading

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Manhattan in Chicago

My sister turned me on to Manhattans. I never used to like them very much. I thought they were too sweet. I was a scotch drinker early on and yes, a smoker as well. After I quit smoking some 30 … Continue reading

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Where is Charlton Heston when you really need him?

Today I broke my 8th grade students into pairs and each pair examined a different Supreme Court case that had to do with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” … Continue reading

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El Greco and the Tension of Tangents

Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614), known as El Greco, was a man out of time. He learned to paint Byzantine icons in his home on Crete, studied with Titian and others in Italy, and made a successful art career for himself in … Continue reading

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Stuffed with Holishkes

Holishkes….mmmm. Definitely a memory of growing up. It was one of the two ethnic foods my mother ever made (the other being sweet and sour meatballs). She wanted to be American and so made everything from a can or a … Continue reading

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