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  • Page 100 – The Potato Eater

    … Nick, an Italian, serving twenty years for murder, didn’t like Padric sharing his cell. Nick hung around with what he called the “elite” who in his book were the Italians. He told Padric why he didn’t like him.             You can’t be a rat here, and you can’t be rapist, you can’t be a(…)

  • Page 100 – from Elephant in the Living Room

    … Danielle bends down and picks up her skateboard. She’d like to say something about her father, but decides against it. Instead she takes a Sharpie out of her pocket and draws an elephant on the bottom of her skateboard beside a decal. “How can you tell if there’s an elephant in the refrigerator?” she(…)

  • New York Notes by Jill Levine

    My friend Jill (aka Suzanne Jill Levine) who lives and teaches in Santa Barbara, California, passed through town last week. We met for coffee and/or food at the Rubin Museum restaurant. [see unskilled selfie of Jill – laughing, Buddha – observing human suffering, non-enlightenment, gastric over-indulgence,  and Allie – spaced out – below] After catching up (though I(…)

  • Iceberg lettuce

      My sister Nancy (owner of the sublime, cozy, popular Arbor B & B in High Falls, New York) and I discussed iceberg lettuce this morning in the dark way before dawn as an upstairs smoke alarm made ping-ing sounds every minute or so. Because guests were asleep Nancy restrained herself from rushing upstairs to disarm the alarm. Meanwhile, we recalled(…)

  • The last rose of summer/the first rose of winter

    A miracle in my garden. Or so it seems. So much had recently slipped through my fingers (a sudden death in Oslo, a sudden death at a gym on Madison Avenue, my brother’s passing on 17th Street, surgery needed by a very, very significant other) in these past weeks that I just couldn’t let this one(…)

  • Page 100 – from Not Not a Jew, a novella in verst

      …  She separated the gall bladder from the goose liver, salted water in a bowl, soaked the liver in it, removed it with a fork and set it on a wrought iron skillet, sprinkling paprika, sugar and ginger, adding goose fat and began to sauté. Sit down, Ira. You don’t look well. Ma, Pa(…)

  • Aylam’s travels

    I asked my young friend Aylam Rosenthal to tell me about his and his mother (Johanne’s) journey to photograph wildlife in Finland a few years ago. Here’s what he told me: The first thing we noticed when we stepped off the plane in Kuusamo* was how small the airport was; the check-in counters, security, and(…)

Page 100 – The Potato Eater

… Nick, an Italian, serving twenty years for murder, didn’t like Padric sharing his cell. Nick hung around with what he called the “elite” who in his book were the Italians. He told Padric why he didn’t like him.             You can’t be a rat here, and you can’t be rapist, you can’t be a(…)

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New York Notes by Jill Levine

My friend Jill (aka Suzanne Jill Levine) who lives and teaches in Santa Barbara, California, passed through town last week. We met for coffee and/or food at the Rubin Museum restaurant. [see unskilled selfie of Jill – laughing, Buddha – observing human suffering, non-enlightenment, gastric over-indulgence,  and Allie – spaced out – below] After catching up (though I(…)

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Iceberg lettuce

  My sister Nancy (owner of the sublime, cozy, popular Arbor B & B in High Falls, New York) and I discussed iceberg lettuce this morning in the dark way before dawn as an upstairs smoke alarm made ping-ing sounds every minute or so. Because guests were asleep Nancy restrained herself from rushing upstairs to disarm the alarm. Meanwhile, we recalled(…)

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Aylam’s travels

I asked my young friend Aylam Rosenthal to tell me about his and his mother (Johanne’s) journey to photograph wildlife in Finland a few years ago. Here’s what he told me: The first thing we noticed when we stepped off the plane in Kuusamo* was how small the airport was; the check-in counters, security, and(…)

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Coasting toward 60

A welcome visit with a friend from Newcastle – in northeastern England quite close to Scotland – who I also see in Greece. Having retired early from practicing law, teaching law, and duties as a judge, Tessa has cleared out her life so she can wander new pastures casting her passions into the four winds. As it happens,(…)

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One day in September

ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER in Rio de Janeiro: A new species of lion tamarin has been discovered on an island off the coast. The lion tamarin is a squirrel-size monkey with a mane like a lion. in Jincun: The couple have four children. They are new migrants (pioneers) arriving at their new home; a mud house. The(…)

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School supplies

  Every year, at this time, our father got very excited because the time was coming to take us out for school supplies. We were four kids and he accompanied each and every one of us irregardless of age, grade or whether or not we wanted his company. Hard to believe, but he’d been looking(…)

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