Monthly Archives: June 2011

Who knew?

Before settling in and getting going on some artwork, I emptied my briefcase from work—mostly files and miscellaneous papers, much of which got trashed. Then I pulled out a blue-covered compilation that one of my students handed me on the … Continue reading

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The wabi-sabi of journey

Tonight JB suggested we go to our favorite Japanese restaurant. He has been suggesting Japanese food very often lately—picking up sushi from Whole Foods, making miso soup, looking for seaweed salad… It’s probably no accident that we have used Japanese … Continue reading

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“What Bee Did” by Julie Larios

Bee not only buzzed. When swatted at, Bee deviled, Bee smirched. And when fuddled, like many of us, Bee labored, Bee reaved. He behaved as well as any Bee can have. Bee never lied. Bee never lated. And despite the … Continue reading

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Negotiating boundaries…

Part of JB’s art studio in the house is in half of our bedroom and has been for years. Though this is fine with me on an intellectual level, there has always been a piece of me that finds sleeping … Continue reading

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Beautiful tools

I have purchased a beautiful new garden tool. Well, for me it’s new, but historically it is quite ancient. It’s called a Kana hoe and is used for weeding. One just runs it across the surface of the earth or … Continue reading

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Going Bananas

Many years ago, 40 years ago to be precise, I worked on the kibbutz Bet Tzera, where my job was to flick off the little black tips at the ends of each of the bananas. (Actually each banana is called … Continue reading

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Porgy and Bess

This fresh production of Porgy and Bess at Court Theater moves beyond the stereotypes of its original production almost 80 years ago. The set is very simple, the cast small, the orchestra only 6 people and several of the musicians … Continue reading

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