Monthly Archives: July 2011

Juggling infinity

I just got an iphone and my friend MH agreed to help me navigate my way through the thousands of possibilities opened by this new technology. He told me that using my laptop would make this exploration easier. First of … Continue reading

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52% of Americans approve of God’s job performance

On July 21, Public Policy Polling out of North Carolina released its most recent polling results. Though Congress’ ratings are still low, Q3 Do you approve or disapprove of the job Congressional Democrats are doing? Approve …………………………………………………. 33% Disapprove……………………………………………… 54% Not … Continue reading

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“Prayer for the Small Engine Repairman” by Charles W. Pratt

Just over a year ago, at a writing workshop I attended in Exeter, Charlie Pratt (b1934) read from his collection —Still Here (Winner of the Finishing Line Press Prize in Poetry and the Open Chapbook Competition). The sketch above is from … Continue reading

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We took my mother out to lunch at her favorite Chinese restaurant for her (and her twin’s) 84th birthday. Midmeal, I asked my mother what her earliest memory was. She said it was a reporter from the Toledo News Bee who … Continue reading

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We pass it practically everyday, more than once. Occasionally we will comment on it, even suggest we ought to stop and explore it. This has been going on for four years. A few nights ago we were meeting friends for … Continue reading

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“Circle” by Sengai

Eat this and have a cup of tea. xxxxxx Poem, image, and calligraphy by Sengai (1750-1837), translation by D.T. Suzuki

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Heart stone, frog stone, pure stone

IB left for Japan today.  At this moment he has 5 more hours before he lands in Tokyo. I flew in last night from my workshop in New York. I had some time last night with IB but mostly as … Continue reading

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43 years…

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Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?

Right around the corner from the dorm we are staying in is Grant’s Tomb. I don’t know why I always thought it was in Ohio. I found it rather randomly, just wandering down Riverside Drive. It’s actually quite ironic in … Continue reading

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Tenement Museum

History is a long period of time but when looked at as a series of lifetimes it doesn’t seem that far away. At the Tenement Museum in New York City, the visceral and palpable meaning of this nearly overwhelmed us. … Continue reading

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