Monthly Archives: April 2012

All Quiet creative projects

We snuck into an empty music storage room where there was a piano so JG could play us the piece he had composed for the ending to All Quiet on the Western Front. He had gone halfway through it before … Continue reading

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Honesty returns to the garden

It was growing in the raspberry patch. We thought it was a wildflower or some volunteer phlox, or even something called Dame’s Rocket. And then it struck us, after some googling and garden book research, that it was the Money … Continue reading

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Memorial for Barbara

A memorial was held today at Columbia College’s Center for the Book and Paper Arts, for Barbara Lazarus Metz who died last December. She and Marilyn Sward founded the Center bringing book and paper arts into the legitimate arts community … Continue reading

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Born to be Wild

There is something so appealing to me about driving a bus, something almost magical. Today we went to the Living Room Cafe, a place where people in need can get a fresh cooked breakfast, ordered as if in a restaurant. … Continue reading

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“Robert Frost” by George Bilgere

Over there on the dining room table are just twenty-five of the thousands of essays on the poetry of Robert Frost produced this week alone in the USA, the world leader in essays on Robert Frost. The essays are about … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Men and the Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club has been consistently meeting for almost three months now, all of us reading aloud together for about twenty minutes. We have read “Priscilla and the Wimps,” “The Most Dangerous Game,” Ender’s Game, and we just finished Of … Continue reading

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It’s. Never. Over.

Many years ago, I worked at an arts high school. The school gave students who were actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists an opportunity to focus on their particular art form as well as taking academic classes like math, english, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the Bard

Theseus: The lunatic, the lover and the poet Are of imagination all compact: One sees more devils than vast hell can hold, That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt: The … Continue reading

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Overlapping of the mala and the bracelet

The mala I wear now was given to me by a Buddhist priest who happened to be the brother of my son’s “J” mom (self-appointed Japanese “mom”) in Japan. We visited her brother’s Pure Land Temple in Satsumasendai and toured … Continue reading

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Ferns propagate 250 miles via Toyota

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