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Something about perspective

When I was eighteen years old, or thereabouts, I was given tickets to a concert of Igor Stravinsky’s music whose conductor was the great composer himself. I didn’t know Stravinsky then; in fact, I think, I knew very little about

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A line and a splotch of color

When I was four, or maybe five, I made drawings in crayon of a sailor who was my father gone to war. That was the first and last time I was complimented for my artistic ability. And I never got

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My sister and the three hundred million year old plant

I have a smart younger sister. Not genius level, but close enough. She loves rocks and Native American artifacts. Not long ago, she phoned me to tell me something incredible had happened. “You’ve fallen in love,” I suggested. “Someone offered

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A half-full glass person tries to take on our awful politics

For me and millions of others, last Tuesday, election night, was a travesty. The country is being given over to private corporations, the line between truth and falsehood is disappearing, and cruelty in a whole raft of forms is becoming

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Up

In Firenze (Florence), I lived in the best possible Italian room—straight out of a 19th century novel. It was the last room but one at the end of a dark hallway, filled with quixotic paintings, sketches and odd statuary. When

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Does it take imagination to be a Christian?

I recently spent three weeks in Italy. I’d planned to write about it, I even have a post ready to go. But yesterday, a friend of mine died and his leaving meant that my world lost one more of its

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Give me a break with the perfect pianists already!

Not too many months ago I watched as Mark Twain played the lovely middle movement from Beethoven’s Sonate Pathetique while his wife died in the upstairs bedroom. It was a heart breaking scene. Sadly, what I can’t get out of

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Living in a Parallel Universe

California quail live in a parallel universe to mine in California. We’re aware of each other, but mostly we’re content to ignore each other. I’m sure the quail find us a bit of a nuisance. They have to dodge our

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According to the Chinese fortune cookie….

I recently opened a Chinese fortune cookie and read: “You will succeed some day.” Everyone at the table chuckled. What were they thinking? “After all, she’s almost 75 years old. If she hasn’t made it by now….” or “Well, that’s

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International relations. Or – a troglodyte lost in the internet

There are times—so many times—when I feel at a loss, not firmly fastened, just bewildered. I’m sure I’m not alone. As for example, the other day I discovered I had been hacked, and badly. I thought it was just me

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