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  • Aunt Dorothy is One Hundred

    Excerpt from “Lost and Found”* published in 2010 as part of the Cahier Series by AUP Press, Paris, France and Sylph Editions, UK in honor of what would have been my dear Aunt Dorothy’s 100th birthday: Both sets of double sheets are gone from the white linen trunk. The door to the little freezer compartment(…)

  • Hand-wringing

    My friend Leslie added a comment to a recent [12/22] post that read: For many species and individuals the world has ended already. Everything that has a beginning has an ending, Make your peace with that and all is well. (Buddha) It’s the circle of life. But how will it end? The universe is very innovative … [[Drawing by Devis(…)

  • Milosz in Krynica spa and tonight

    I first read Czeslaw Milosz while hiding out in Krynica spa in southern Poland at a hotel called Paradiso. I read him again now while hiding out on the twelfth floor – 12F. Milosz encountered strong headwinds through his long life, especially during the Warsaw years. He wouldn’t mind, I’m sure, if I borrow from the ballast he acquired(…)

  • Claude Boot

    [from Part II – ‘In Paradise’ – The Woman Who Brought Matisse Back from the Dead] Paris, 1950 His bed, from where he sometimes worked, was surrounded by the usual clutter of china crockery, bolts of colored cloth, some rolled, others half-unrolled. There were scraps and curls of colored paper at this feet; azure, chestnut,(…)

  • Season change

    Where holiday cards are going in the USA this year: Massachusetts, California, Washington, Vermont, New York, Georgia, New Mexico, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Louisiana,  Hawaii, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Minnesota, Illinois, West Virginia,  North Carolina, Florida, Maine, New Jersey. Abroad: The Netherlands, Greece, Bulgaria, Israel, England, Canada, Scotland, Norway, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, France, Morocco, Croatia, Australia, Thailand, Sweden.(…)

  • Marinating the election in salt water

    Have been speechless since the election. All wherewithal has drained out through the soles of my feet. Just want to get under the covers: K.M. wrote:  “He acted beyond badly, said things that were beyond repugnant and was thus rewarded. That feels so deeply destabilizing to me. My only solace is that in times of strife and(…)

  • Hannah Goslar is eighty-eight

    Hannah “Hanneli” Goslar [R.] and Anne Frank [L.] were best friends, fellow Jewish refugees who had come to Amsterdam with their families as small children in 1933 fleeing Hitler’s Germany. In photo [above] these friends have fun with Anne’s marbles on the sidewalk in front of their apartment building in safe Holland unable to imagine what fate awaits them.(…)

Aunt Dorothy is One Hundred

Excerpt from “Lost and Found”* published in 2010 as part of the Cahier Series by AUP Press, Paris, France and Sylph Editions, UK in honor of what would have been my dear Aunt Dorothy’s 100th birthday: Both sets of double sheets are gone from the white linen trunk. The door to the little freezer compartment(…)

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Milosz in Krynica spa and tonight

I first read Czeslaw Milosz while hiding out in Krynica spa in southern Poland at a hotel called Paradiso. I read him again now while hiding out on the twelfth floor – 12F. Milosz encountered strong headwinds through his long life, especially during the Warsaw years. He wouldn’t mind, I’m sure, if I borrow from the ballast he acquired(…)

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Season change

Where holiday cards are going in the USA this year: Massachusetts, California, Washington, Vermont, New York, Georgia, New Mexico, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Louisiana,  Hawaii, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Minnesota, Illinois, West Virginia,  North Carolina, Florida, Maine, New Jersey. Abroad: The Netherlands, Greece, Bulgaria, Israel, England, Canada, Scotland, Norway, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, France, Morocco, Croatia, Australia, Thailand, Sweden.(…)

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Marinating the election in salt water

Have been speechless since the election. All wherewithal has drained out through the soles of my feet. Just want to get under the covers: K.M. wrote:  “He acted beyond badly, said things that were beyond repugnant and was thus rewarded. That feels so deeply destabilizing to me. My only solace is that in times of strife and(…)

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Hannah Goslar is eighty-eight

Hannah “Hanneli” Goslar [R.] and Anne Frank [L.] were best friends, fellow Jewish refugees who had come to Amsterdam with their families as small children in 1933 fleeing Hitler’s Germany. In photo [above] these friends have fun with Anne’s marbles on the sidewalk in front of their apartment building in safe Holland unable to imagine what fate awaits them.(…)

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Gum on my shoe

I’ve begun a new book. It’s theme is very heavy and dark. Irrespective of promises made (to myself and others) to lighten up, I can’t seem to do so. At least not with work. Only gravitas engulfs me – provides me with raison d’être. Where do you find your ideas, I’ve been asked many times. Ideas are like gum. I’ve(…)

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Page – Clairvoyant

… “He’s about as sincere as a jellyfish; as an ironing board,” I said about my doctor to Pierre. Being a Jew, Pierre had been made to wear a yellow star. Blackouts became common. Often in the dark I saw blue-and-white-check carpet slippers shuffle toward me. A ring-encrusted hand would reach out of the darkness(…)

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Suspenders

The new khaki jeans I spied at an Army-Navy-type place on 7th Avenue (unbeknownst to me) buttoned below (not at or above) the waist; otherwise they fit like a dream. I grabbed s pair in my size, paid up, went home, slipped them on, felt great. As I am way overdue with refreshing my wardrobe one item at a time, with these jeans, I(…)

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