Monthly Archives: January 2014


I went to a funeral this morning for an old friend. She was 96, had a full and rich life, and was fairly healthy until the last couple of years. She was able to live pretty much independently in her … Continue reading

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“A Story Can Change Your Life” by Peter Everwine

On the morning she became a young widow, my grandmother, startled by a sudden shadow, looked up from her work to see a hawk turn her prized rooster into a cloud of feathers. That same moment, halfway around the world … Continue reading

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Trampolines and chopping wood

In the midst of studying complex primary source documents of Reconstruction, experiencing incredibly frigid tempera- tures, and maneuvering our way through massive and very noisy  construction work being done at school, EK and MG provided the perfect distraction— trampolines and … Continue reading

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“So long. It’s been good to know ya.”

The words on the front of Pete Seeger’s banjo say, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” And that is the legacy of Pete Seeger’s music and activism for the last seventy plus years. He has inspired musicians … Continue reading

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Time for a little Mozart

I have always loved Mozart. His vitality, joy, cleverness, and unmitigated exuberance attract and hold me. In fact, I have found myself trying to impart this love for Mozart to my students who often raise their eyebrows and look blankly … Continue reading

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Dishu: Ground Calligraphy

The word dishu comes from di meaning “square” or “earth” and shu meaning “book” or “writing,” hence “earth writing” or “ground calligraphy,” writing on the ground using water as ink. Thousands of calligraphers are at work daily all through China, … Continue reading

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…only January 25…

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Saigo Takamori (1828-1877)

Today is the birthday of Saigo Takamori (1828-1877), also known as the Last Samurai. He was born in Kagoshima in the south of Japan on Kyushu island. Though born into a poor samurai family, he still received the requisite military … Continue reading

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Extending the moment

Adam Magyar, a Hungarian born photographer and videographer, has found a way to truly extend the moment. Using a specially designed industrial camera ($16,000) used to shoot high resolution images at incredibly high speeds -100,000 frames per second (film is … Continue reading

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“Fictional Characters” by Danusha Lameris

Do they ever want to escape? Climb out of the white pages and enter our world? Holden Caulfield slipping in the movie theater to catch the two o’clock Anna Karenina sitting in a diner, reading the paper as the waitress … Continue reading

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