Monthly Archives: January 2016

My mother calls to tell me I have cancer

My 88 year old mother called me about 10:00 yesterday morning, from the assisted living facility she is in. xxx“Did you go to the doctor?” she said. xxx“For what I answered. My cold is over. No more xxxcoughing.” xxx“You know … Continue reading

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Once you land, there’s no turning back

Last night JB and I went to the World Premier of My Lai, a monodrama for tenor, string quartet, and Vietnamese instruments, composed by Jonathan Berger. The Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert (tenor), and Van-Anh Vanessa Vo (traditional Vietnamese musician) performed … Continue reading

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Rob Cantor

Every Friday at school we have activity period, a time when students can sign up for a wide range of activities sponsored by faculty and staff at school. For years now I have sponsored Short Films where the students and … Continue reading

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Foner or “ma hand”

Sometimes, for an 8th grader, late on a Thursday afternoon after a very long review of Reconstruction, drawing “ma hand” is a lot more compelling than reading Eric Foner.

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Always 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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Rocky take-off. Rocky landing.

Today is the anniversary of my mother and father’s wedding in 1949. I’m not sure why I thought of it just now. I haven’t thought about it for a long time. My father died 45 years ago. My mother has … Continue reading

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“Bad Reception” by Barry Blitt

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