Monthly Archives: December 2012

in a genuine non-Hallmark-cardish way

…an unsolicited note I received today. I love my job.

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451 flash mob

It was the students’ idea. We were talking about a scene in Fahrenheit 451 where the protagonist, Montag, is working to memorize the Bible on his way to see an old professor whom he thinks will help him understand what … Continue reading

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The Hannukah Cowboy (Chaim the Kid), Apocalypse homework for Friday, CC’s answer to number 47 on the Fahrenheit Vocabulary test, and TR’s weather report for the week (in french!).

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Stephen Buntu Biko 1946-1977

Stephen Biko would have been 66 today. He was an anti-apartheid activist in the 60s and 70s, who founded the Black Consciousness movement which mobilized much of the South African black population. In 1968 he became the first president of … Continue reading

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Cherry tree and magnolia think it’s spring

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Sita Ram in epic proportions

A lot of my past and present students are involved in the recent production of Sita Ram at the Harris Theater. I was excited to see them and this long-running project. Ten years ago, when I was the principal at … Continue reading

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In one year…

People shot in the United States so far this year: 94, 192 People shot in the United States today (as of 8:44pm EST): 232 (image and statistics from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence)  

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Memorizing as a radical and political act

Many years ago, I traveled to Madrid to visit some friends who were living there. One evening we went to a party at the home of one of their acquaintances. There was lots of communal flamenco dancing, fiery and bold, … Continue reading

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Pandit Ravi Shankar-ji 1920-2012

…at Woodstock, 1969. How does one put the spiritual significance of music on paper? Music transcends all languages and barriers and is the most beautiful communicative skill one can have. Music makes us all experience different emotions or the Navarasa … Continue reading

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When is a book a book VI: or a wall or a bench or a floor

Rodney LaTourelle, artist, and Thilo Folkerts, landscape architect, created Le Jardin de la Connaisance (Garden of Knowledge) in 2010 in Quebec, an environmental piece created in the outdoors of 40,000 books forming walls and benches and floors. The idea was … Continue reading

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