Category Archives: Myth & Magic

Wendell Berry and a Day of Honey

I had an unsettling experience last week.  On Monday night I found myself in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., listening to the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Jefferson Lecture delivered by Wendell Berry. Berry is a poet, essayist, farmer, … Continue reading

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Sunshine and Crossed Fingers

When I think about it, I honestly cannot think what I have been doing that has prevented me from writing for the past nearly two months.  Some of it could be busy-ness: a trip to NYC, another quick return engagement, … Continue reading

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Sympathetic Magic

The February that I was seven my dad was in the hospital.  He was in the hospital a lot in those days, but I know that it was February because the hospital gift shop was full of red-heart mylar balloons, … Continue reading

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Breathing Deep

Today is the first day I’ve felt like me in a long, long time.  A little restless, a little anxious, sure – but more than that I feel well-rested and alive and as though the unlikely might be possible, after … Continue reading

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Living History

This past weekend I attended a reenactment of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Monmouth.  T is an American history buff who has recently gotten (back) into reeanacting and joined the 1st New Jersey Continentals.  I took a lot of pictures, … Continue reading

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A man was killed this week.  I knew him slightly, but even more than our personal acquaintance I respected and admired his work. Juliano Mer-Khamis was a co-founder of The Freedom Theater in Jenin.  Together with Zakariya Zubeidi, former military … Continue reading

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Burns’ Night and Tu B’Shevat

… and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, too, of course. This past weekend my partner and I went to Windrock.  It is a place that, with life’s serendipity, I loved before I knew it.  It is one of the few … Continue reading

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