Monthly Archives: May 2011

Ready. Aim. Fire.

When we were young, every Memorial Day our family would join others in my father’s VFW Post 6909 in going to the local cemetery to pay tribute to the veterans. I remember the day as somewhat solemn for my parents, … Continue reading

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Welcome to my life

In short films on Friday, SD shared the following video, “Welcome to my Life” by Elizabeth Ito, her senior project at Cal Arts in 2004. The use of the voices of her real family makes the point of this video … Continue reading

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Salvage by Kay Ryan

The wreck is a fact. The worst has happened. The salvage trucks back in and the salvage men begin to sort and stack, whistling as they work. Thanks be to god—again— for extractable elements which are not carriers of pain, … Continue reading

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Karmic Chain

The New Yorker (May 23, 2011) reported on a game of Telephone which took place on the penultimate day of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature at the end of last month. Some three hundred people stood in a … Continue reading

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Expanding our front porches…

My father told me when I was young that his mother, born in the Ukraine, used to tell stories every day. All the women in the neighborhood would gather on her front porch in the afternoons as she wove a … Continue reading

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There’s always an excuse for Mozart

Last night we heard the last three symphonies Mozart composed before his death. Jane Glover conducted the Music of the Baroque Orchestra at the Harris Theater. The orchestra was composed of less than 40 musicians which was the size of … Continue reading

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A video made by Radiolab as part of their audio broadcast, “Desperately Seeking Symmetry.”

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Floor by Jane Hirshfield

The nails, once inset, rise to the surface— or, more truly perhaps, over years the boards sink down to meet what holds them. Worn, yes, but not worn through: the visible work reveals itself in iron, to be pounded down … Continue reading

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My friend Michael sent me this today in an email: This year we have or are going to experience four unusual dates: 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 and that’s not all… Take the last two digits of the year in which … Continue reading

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In case I’m not here tomorrow…

According to Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, the Rapture is going to happen tomorrow at 6pm (local time) with a rolling world-wide earthquake starting in Australia. Though he had predicted the same in 1994, he said he didn’t have all … Continue reading

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