Monthly Archives: August 2012

Context is everything II: Joshua Bell in DC subway

About five and half years ago the Washington Post conducted an experiment on context. Would people pay attention to the world’s finest violinist if he were playing in a subway and not in the concert hall? Joshua Bell, the world’s … Continue reading

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Abundant blessings

IB is home. He landed in Chicago about 10:30 last night, after almost 27 hours of travel. He looked tired, but fit and bright. We met him with some friends, a large banner supported by our efforts on Google Translate, … Continue reading

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“The homecoming” by Barbara Howes

All the great voyagers return Homeward as on an arc of thought; Home like a ruby beacon burns As they crest wind, scale wave, soar air; All the great voyagers return, xxxxx Though we who wait never have done Fearing … Continue reading

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Prometheus’ gift of fire

Last night we had some friends over for Shabbat dinner, friends we have had for a very long time. There were delicious hors d’oeuvres (red pepper hummus and apples), a roast chicken with all the vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, … Continue reading

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When is a book a book IV: Going West

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For the last several weeks before his return home, IB has been volunteering in Ishinomaki, a fishing village in Japan, wiped out by the Tsunami a year and a half ago. He has worked through the organization It’s Not Just … Continue reading

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Our house gets a new “do”

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At the Chicago Botanic Gardens

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Exercising with mom

After a hearty breakfast I brought and prepared, mom was given a shower by her twice a week caretaker, DF. We ladies gathered in the bathroom for the ablutions, conversing about a variety of topics including some concerns DF had … Continue reading

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Sunrise on the lake

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