Monthly Archives: January 2015

Requiem for a Camry

Today, my son, who has been driving our 2000 Camry for the past 2 or 3 years (first purchased 15 years ago, in part, to accommodate his long legs) sold it to the auto shop where it has been taken … Continue reading

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“Resume” by Dorothy Parker

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“Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart” for Mozart’s 259th

In honor of Mozart’s 259th birthday, a little “Der Holle Rache,” the Queen of the Night’s second aria from The Magic Flute, an incredibly difficult aria to sing needing a range of two octaves. In this aria the Queen of the … Continue reading

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Silver Maple

The 125 year old silver maple in our backyard just got a trim. Long overhanging branches hovering over our house and over the neighbors’ yards were cut off relieving some of the weight on the crotch of the tree. This old … Continue reading

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World peace is declared

Each year before we start our unit on Reconstruction, I have the students do a timeline of their lives, intersecting it with global events. I share a portion of my own timeline with them and point out that around my middle … Continue reading

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“Solidarity Forever”

This is the 100th anniversary of the song “Solidarity Forever,” first written in 1915 by Ralph Chaplin, who was a writer and artist for the IWW publication Solidarity. It was first sung at an enthusiastic labor rally of workers and immigrants … Continue reading

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Tsukemono

Part of every traditional Japanese meal includes Tsukemono, Japanese pickles (literally “pickled things”). They add a piquant flavor to the meal and are perfect digestives. They usually are brightly colored so they contribute aesthetically to the plate as well. It is … Continue reading

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