Monthly Archives: September 2012

“Knock Knock” by Daniel Beaty

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“Forgetfulness” by Billy Collins

The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, as if, one by one, … Continue reading

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Welcome and intimate nourishment

Last night, as I walked from the garage toward the house after having been at school past 5:00 taking part in an intense union meeting, I was warmed by the sight of the softly lit back porch. The back door … Continue reading

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Jogging juggler and polar explorer

Yesterday during the break in the Yom Kippur service, about three o’clock, a few of us took a walk along the lake. It was a beautiful brisk day. I wore my tallit outside to help keep me warm. That was … Continue reading

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For Yom Kippur: “The Journey” by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice— though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my … Continue reading

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Hard-boiled eggs

Yesterday was the funeral of my aunt, my mother’s older sister. She was 90 years old. The quality of her life for the past 5 has not been good. She had lost her words (aphasia) and had some dementia. Her … Continue reading

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Ennui

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