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New addiction III

– continued – Downtown by Pete Hamill Caesar’s Legion: Epic Saga of Julius Caesar and the armies of Rome by Stephen Dando-Collins Pole to Pole by Michael Palin Full Circle by Michael Palin Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin Peony by Pearl Buck Gimpel the Fool by I.B.Singer What I Hate: From(…)

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Pocket handkerchiefs

here we are like herrings going out into the world solitary, unanswered, breaking against rocks one may learn to paint at fifty heads on pocket handkerchiefs one wants to write poetry, and to love here, against a wall, a woman stares at nothing home they went fatigue … the safest sleeping draft with deserted beautiful(…)

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Loose ferrule

LOST Long time member and experienced gardener S. A. has been unable to locate her trowel which may have been left or loaned out, earlier in the season. It is a family heirloom she dearly misses. If you find/have it, she would be grateful if it could be returned. It looks similar to the one(…)

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Chelsea’s best photographer

The neighborhood is Chelsea. It’s become my home-base as well as a much-loved ‘nest’ in recent years. Chelsea’s been Ron Rutherford’s neighborhood since 1956 when his family left Miami and relocated here. When he was a boy he was particularly close to his Grandmother – a short, strict, smart Caribbean woman he refers to as(…)

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On Virgil’s trail

Halfway along the road of life’s journey I lost my way I could see the hill was cloaked with rays of sunshine where no living person had passed before a leopard a lion a she-wolf a man/not a man/once a man/a poet Virgil? follow me you will see and you will see and you will(…)

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New addiction II

–continued — The Long Haul:  A trucker’s tale of life on the road by Finn Murphy Inferno from The Diving Comedy by Dante Have Dog, Will Travel: A poet’s  journey with his dog by Stephen Kusisto The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky South: A memoir of endurance by Sir Ernest Shackleton Four Against the Arctic: Shipwrecked(…)

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Wrestling for

“ … After revising “Speak Memory” Nabokov would spend his last decade moving further away from the world, falling deeper into his created universes. His relative isolation in his portable Winter Palace in Montreux separated him from many of the mundane settings and human interactions that had provided a compelling present within which he could(…)

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Ambiance discovered

My visitor from Santa Fe (Melissa) and I, decided to meditate mid-morning before drinking coffee. (Our second  cup of the day, a splurge, carried upstairs in cardboard containers from one of five local coffee-joints on or near my corner ranging in cost from $1.25-$5.00.) That morning we set the timer for fifteen minutes and –(…)

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Rescuing the rescuers

Following, am reprinting a long and thoughtful article from todays NYTimes celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of a book of portraits and text I’ve long admired (actually, revered), for many years. It’s author’s – Gay Block and Malka Drucker (now Rabbi Malka Drucker) – happen to be friends. Their formidable, iconic book “Rescuers”, was(…)

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