Monthly Archives: December 2011

…how much the heart can hold…

“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” –Zelda Fitzgerald

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“Music was for me like an ocean in which I swam like a little fish…”

George Carlin shared the story that when Pablo Casals was 93, he was asked why he still practiced his cello three hours a day. Casals responded, “I’m beginning to notice some improvement.”  His humility notwithstanding, Casals is noted for making … Continue reading

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Musings on an old wooden spoon

The spoon pictured to the left is at least 40 years old. Older than my son. Older than my relationship with JB. I purchased it when I moved into my first apartment in Chicago. It is the utensil of choice … Continue reading

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“Antilamentation” by Dorianne Laux

Regret nothing. Not the cruel novels you read to the end just to find out who killed the cook, not the insipid movies that made you cry in the dark, in spite of your intelligence, your sophistication, not the lover … Continue reading

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It’s winter, but it’s spring, I mean summer…..rolls

When IB was in high school we had lots of Friday night dinners with his friends. It was a great way for us to get to know who his friends were at a time in his life when sharing anything … Continue reading

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“They GREW you.”

My son, teaching English in Japan as part of the JET program, recently published the following on his facebook page (JTE stands for Japanese Teacher of English): JTE: IB, we love your parents! They are WONDERFUL! Me: hahaha Why? Have … Continue reading

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Eating and drinking at the same time

What a better way to celebrate the solstice and the first days of winter than by embracing the cold and ice, the ices that is. Inspired by a friend who went deliciously crazy over making all sorts of ice cream … Continue reading

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Transporting and transforming

We just went to see Scorcese’s Hugo, based on Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, an amazing graphic novel in its own right. This movie was a beautifully emotional and visually awesome paean to the magic of film, the poignancy … Continue reading

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Solstice kanji

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“Sharp Glass” by Minnie Bruce Patt

Shattered glass in the street at Maryland and 10th: smashed sand glittering on a beach of black asphalt. xxxxxx You can think of it so: or as bits of broken kaleidoscope, or as crystals spilled from the white throat of … Continue reading

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