Monthly Archives: February 2013

Museums: small, large, and outdoors

One of the pleasures of a small museum, like the Rubin Museum in New York, is that you can wander through the entire museum in an hour or so and spend time on everything. It’s contained and focused. It doesn’t overwhelm. … Continue reading

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R. D. Laing, Philip Larkin, and exploring the psyche

When I was reading psychology in college, I remember being impressed with R. D Laing. Forty years later I vaguely remember that he believed that the person labeled as mentally ill was simply the one acting out the illness of the … Continue reading

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Those Winter Sundays

After more than 40 years in California, I’d forgotten what cold was really like.  Waking with the heat low and the cold seeping in, going out into wind that feels like icy knives. So I chose a poem by Robert … Continue reading

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One Billion Rising, NY

Yesterday I danced with my granddaughter in the “Break the Chain” flash mob in Washington Park as part of the One Billion Rising event that I mentioned before.  If you look at the New York video, you can see Lila dancing … Continue reading

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Another exemplary sentence

Regular readers will remember this feature, (with a nod to Mark Doty’s blog). The sentence that caught my attention today is from a book I’m wasn’t too crazy about, called Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead. I didn’t finish the book, … Continue reading

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A pleasant surprise

I logged onto Facebook in an idle moment yesterday, and discovered that I was a finalist in a poetry contest I’d entered months before, for Split This Rock. Ok, there were nine other finalists, and three winners, nonetheless… The contest … Continue reading

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