The picture above shows my Juneteenth present for my tea-loving son: a blend called Alhambra 1400, one of the Time Travel series of teas created by the Raleigh Tea Company, available every week at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. I chose that for two reasons (besides the fact he loves exotic teas and pretty much … More Celebrating Juneteenth
Last summer I wrote about how my greatest regret, besides seeing the people I loved, was the cancellation of Summerfest, an outdoors series of music played by the North Carolina Symphony in the Koka Booth Amphitheater. That has been my favorite summer tradition for years and years, and while I realized that it was necessary … More The Sounds of Summer Return
I have been totally spoiled this week! I mentioned earlier that I had a hairline fracture in my foot and was supposed to stay off my feet. I’ve been doing that as much as I can, but just taking care of daily needs ends up taking a lot of steps. But this week, several of … More Celebrations, Community, and Sababa
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!
For us in Cary, NC, the great cultural disappointment of the summer was the cancellation of the annual Summerfest concert series, when the NC Symphony plays at the magical outdoor pavilion known as Koka Booth Amphitheater (and I’m sure you can guess why). In New York, another great summer tradition fell as well–the free Shakespeare … More When Shakespeare Meets Black Lives Matter
I Hear America SingingWalt Whitman I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,The boatman singing what belongs to … More A Happy 4th of July–Really!
Memorial Day Weekend has a lot of rituals for my family. That weekend is the kickoff for Summerfest, the outdoor summer concert series by the North Carolina Symphony that is one of our FAVORITE summer traditions. So on Saturday night, we and our friends get to Koka Booth Amphitheater early, stake out our place on … More What Are You Doing this Memorial Day Weekend?