Monthly Archives: September 2011

Happy Birthday, Merwin

Today is W.S. Merwin’s birthday. JB first introduced his words to me many, many years ago— evocative, simple, intimate, unpunctuated. He has written over 30 books of poetry, has won numerous awards including two Pullitzers, and has spent last year … Continue reading

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Apples and Honey…with a kick

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This holiday is often called the birthday of the world because the world was supposedly created on this date. There are many traditions connected with this holiday, but one of the most … Continue reading

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Lost wedding rings

My uncle’s funeral was today (the husband of my mother’s twin). During the eulogy a story was shared about how my uncle, when he was dating my aunt, would take my mother out too if she didn’t have a date. … Continue reading

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Good fences make good neighbors

For almost 24 years we have had a wooden fence. In fact, just after we moved in, a neighbor down our block found a picket fence discarded in a northern suburb, picked it up in his truck, and gave it … Continue reading

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When is a book a book…

In an attempt to expand my students’ thinking about books and writing, every Monday (so far there have been only three) I bring in a book which pushes the notion and structure of what is a book. We spend a … Continue reading

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JB took this photo of the shadow of our plane landing today, back from Portland. Landing is not always easy to do. It takes some focus, directional acuity, and emotional centeredness to make it as smooth as possible. Though buried … Continue reading

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Karesansui—Sand and Stone Garden

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