In retrospect, I should have expected that 2020 might not be the healthiest year since when the bells were ringing in the New Year, I heard them from inside the ambulance that was going to bring me to the Emergency Room. I had made the mistake of eating a cookie that I didn’t realize contained … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020, New Year’s Eve Edition: Fiction, Faith, Food, and HAMILTON
While I know this is not shared by all Americans, for me one of the gifts of 2020 was the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who better represent the leadership I would like to see in this country. Even if you disagree, I hope you can celebrate the country’s long tradition of peaceful … More The 12-ish Days of Christmas: Poetic Inauguration Countdown––Three Weeks
One of the things I’ve repeatedly told my son, and my students, and people attending my meditations, and have probably said before in this blog, that when thinking about 2020, instead of focusing on what we can’t do, we should focus on what we can do. For me, one of the upsides of staying home … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Books!
I’ve been reading these columns about the big cooking trends of the year, and honestly, I haven’t done any of them (for example, baking sourdough bread). Most of them, I haven’t even heard of, although it seems like a lot of them took off on TikTok, which I don’t know that I’ve ever even seen. … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Meatless Mondays (Holiday Edition)
I assume you all know The Twins, AKA The New Trend AKA First Time Hearing. It is two young men, twin brothers Tim and Fred Williams, 22? I think, and living in Gary, Indiana (Broadway baby me connects that with The Music Man, but ignore that unless you are a Broadway baby as well). Anyway, … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: The Twins
You probably know that originally Christmas was a somber religious holiday. It was the 12 days after Christmas that the partying took place, culminating in Epiphany, the day that the Magi, or the Three Wise Men, came to Jesus baring gifts, representing official acknowledgement of his Divine nature. One of my blog posts that got … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Wonder Woman 1984
It’s a big week, what with the Planetary Conjunction, Winter Solstice, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. But here in the middle, it’s also the four week countdown to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. It’s not much of a surprise that if President Kennedy was the first to … More Poetic Inauguration Countdown: Four Weeks
The states have certified their results and the Electoral College representatives have voted, and so it appears that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated as President and Vice President of the United States five weeks from now. As it turns out, there have only been five poems that have been part of the … More Poetic Inauguration Countdown: Five Weeks
Notes on the Spring Holidays, III, [Hanukkah]Charles Reznikoff – 1894-1976IIIHanukkah In a world where each man must be of useand each thing useful, the rebellious Jewslight not one light but eight—not to see by but to look at. From The Complete Poems of Charles Reznikoff. Copyright © 1976 by Charles Reznikoff. Used by permission of … More Meatless Mondays: Hanukkah Edition
Earlier in the year, I wrote a post about although COVID restrictions had forced the cancellation of our beloved July 4th tradition of gathering with my spiritual center to listen to an outdoor concert by the North Carolina Symphony followed by a firework display, the holiday was still going to be special because they were … More Not Feeling Christmas 2020? Hamilton to the Rescue––Again!