Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Andrews Sisters and the twins

Patty Andrews, the last of the Andrews sisters, died today. She was almost 95. Their music is very familiar to all, swingy, jazzy, a personification of that era before I was born, the times my parents grew up in, the … Continue reading

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Isa Hirano–calligraphic dance

Isa Hirano creates shoga or calligraphic paintings that originate, for her, in surrealism expressing “internal urges without any reference to established aesthetics or ethics by exploring the domains of the subconscious, irrationality, and unreality,” she writes on her website. Her … Continue reading

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It’s January 29th and I am listening to an incredible rainstorm outside, complete with thunder and lightning. I am in Chicago, Illinois, not in some southern clime. This morning on my way to the garage I was met with balmy … Continue reading

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Grades and narratives go “live”

I just finished all my grades and narrative reports for my students. It’s a lot of work (hours and hours and hours), but actually I’m glad that we teachers need to create narratives to accompany each grade. It affords me … Continue reading

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Voice over

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Crossing the Sea

I chanted Torah for the first time this morning. I guess this means that this was my bat-mitzvah. The parsha for today was Beshelach, and my teacher and I sang “The Song of the Sea (Shirat HaYam),” the crossing over the … Continue reading

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Eine kleine nacht musik

Happy Birthday, Wolfgang.

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Hungry for Japan

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Much has already been written about Haneke’s Amour and its unflinching look at the end of life, its superb acting, and exquisite filming and framing. There is probably not much I can add to the innumerable reviews, mostly praising, of … Continue reading

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“One Today” by Richard Blanco

One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies. One light, waking up rooftops, under … Continue reading

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