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THROUGH WINTER’S VEIL

THROUGH WINTER’S VEIL In the snowbound world lifted off its tracks in a windy Nor’easter years ago my girl burst in the door fresh from the mall, face aglow. She couldn’t wait to show it – the tiny little thing … Continue reading

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The Miraculous Ongoing World Book Project

World Book Day, March 2, has such a universal title.  It is an opportunity to celebrate the book, but also to marvel at the devotion, the worship that a lot of people have for it.  This reverence goes beyond the … Continue reading

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The Disruption of Beauty

“There is a time to break down, and a time to build up.”  Ecclesiastes, man of the ages, is also man of the hour.  When Francis Picabia painted this picture, he gave it an absurd name – Estanonisi – but … Continue reading

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January 20, 2017

January 20 Something is happening back in Washington, though we are 40,000 feet above the Mediterranean. We are rising high, the scalloped edge of the Holy Land a mere hem below, through unraveling skeins of clouds, the hush unearthly. It … Continue reading

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As the World Turns

I would have had to go to a remote polar island to get away from the Trump inauguration, and even then someone would have wandered by wearing a red Trump cap. The obsession is global, as if we ever doubted … Continue reading

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Timing Out in the Levant

I’m happy to be in Israel on the Friday morning before Shabbat, when the country takes a break from politics and from time itself, switches from the contemporary Israel to an eternal space.   The seaside city of Nahariya is … Continue reading

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The Strange Way History Stares

History has a sly way of looking at us.  It inhabits another body – a work of art, ancient walls and cobblestones, even a person – and stares, hoping that we’ll notice.  It’s not that history is jealous of the … Continue reading

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The Morning After

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Otherness & Christmas

Why do you live in a strange country? To feel stranger. It’s a wonderful time of the year to feel strange, especially if you don’t celebrate Christmas.   If you’re sensitive to alienation opportunities, it gives and gives.  Instead of simple … Continue reading

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In the Ocean of Crisis

Denise Levertov wrote about the work of the poet: “The tragic and fearful character of our times is not something from which we can detach ourselves; we are in it, as fish are in the sea, whether we speak about … Continue reading

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