Category Archives: transformation

Dramatic introduction

Today is the composer Gustav Mahler’s birthday. Mahler is deep, deep inside me. When Isaac was just barely 24 hours old (29+ years ago), JB and I were sitting on our bed with Isaac between us, our hands resting on … Continue reading

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From uniform to pulp/ Battlefield to workshop/ Warrior to artist

In the Lobby at Harris Theater last Friday, just before the theater was open for seating for the World Premier of My Lai, a table was set up displaying hand-made paper, some of which had been stencil-printed. It turns out … Continue reading

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City on Fire

I just finished this remarkable book, City on Fire, written by a new voice– Garth Risk Hallberg, in fact his first novel. It’s 900 pages long and normally I would not have tackled it during the school year –being a … Continue reading

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Transforming Brown v Board of Education

Sometimes after we read a text I will have the students use a process of found poetry as a closure. I xerox some random and not so random spreads of the book and the students select words on the pages … Continue reading

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Sacred space

Gregory, a very dear old friend, died today, just a few minutes after noon. Diagnosed 12 years ago with early onset Alzheimers, this centered, gifted, and creative man has slowly lost the smooth and easy functioning of his graceful body, … Continue reading

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Forgiveness: The Rabbi and the KKK

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Delicious transformations

Yesterday’s abundant harvest of tomatoes from our garden was transformed this afternoon into a cold Moroccan Tomato Soup as well as a version of Ratatouille. The recipe for the cold soup is below. I used three kinds of organic eggplant, … Continue reading

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