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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Burping the car

Friday night I took this photo from the front seat of a tow truck which was lifting our car onto the truck’s bed. I had been waiting about an hour for it to arrive, putzing around the car-picking up trash, … Continue reading

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Picking up crumbs off the floor

Scones yesterday morning in advisory. Because we have advisory in the carpeted drama room, we needed to get the crumbs all picked up before drama classes could begin. “OK. Everyone pick up a crumb or two.” “Where’s the vacuum cleaner?” … Continue reading

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The Governors Faubi

Today we did a role play of the school board in Little Rock in 1957. The class was divided into 5 groups each representing a different interest responding to the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v Board of Ed that … Continue reading

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