Monthly Archives: February 2016

“Theory of Memory” by Louise Glück

Long, long ago, before I was a tormented artist, afflicted with longing yet incapable of forming durable attachments, long before this, I was a glorious ruler uniting all of a divided country—so I was told by the fortune-teller who examined … Continue reading

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The Constitution and s’mores

Today was the annual burning of our Constitution tests and, as I am retiring this June, perhaps the last time it will happen on school grounds. We are required to destroy these nationally mandated tests because of the off chance … Continue reading

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“That’s the point.”

I am retiring this year. A committee of my colleagues has gotten together to vet resumes to fill the position and today, the first of five finalists came in to teach a practice lesson and interview with different constituencies. I … Continue reading

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“The Life of death” by Marcia Onderstijn

(Thanks, ER, for the link)

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Valentine’s Day koan

(photo underneath the heart stone by JB)

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Spirit money for our ancestors

At our friend’s annual Tet (Vietnamese New Year) party — bursting with Vietnamese food (including Pho and Gỏi cuốn), drink, and boisterous camaraderie — we burn spirit money to insure our ancestors are well-taken care of and stay well-disposed to … Continue reading

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Relaxing in the very warm and toasty here and now

Even though a large man was snoring in the Ocher Room Sauna (aka Yellow Soil Crystal Room), and the man who was giving me an hour long foot massage talked a bit too much to his fellow masseur while kneading … Continue reading

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“A Mercy” by Sharon Olds

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Roberta Flack

Today is Roberta Flack’s birthday (1939). I remember listening to this album, Chapter Two, all through the second half of my sophomore year in college through graduation and beyond. Many years later, sometime in the late 1980s, I ran into … Continue reading

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Just before I roost

The European starling was first introduced to North America by the American Acclimatization Society, which wanted to introduce all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare to this continent. The starling is mentioned in Henry IV, Part I— Hotspur (Henry Percy) says, … Continue reading

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