The Anatomy of Anger

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Ive been in consistent pain inflamed muscles, stiff joints with an inner maelstrom of anger towards a system that made mockery of ... READ MORE

The Uses of Grief

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My grief these days is primal. I am finally falling apart altogether, body and soul. Every muscle is inflamed with unconsummated anger and ... READ MORE

Life After Death

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for Maria Franco

My friend Maria asked me today,

If I tell you something, will you believe me?

If its true, I teased. Taking a breath, she ... READ MORE

Last Words

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I went to Symphony Hall last night to hear Bobby McFerrin conduct Gershwin and all the rest of his musical antics. It was the first of the ... READ MORE

World Series

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Yesterday, Halloween and the day after our home team won the World Series, I was at the fabric store picking up stuffing for a new quilt. All the ... READ MORE

Guardian Angels

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Last night, the night after the lunar eclipse, I had a dream of being in a crowd of people somewhere and being approached by a dark-haired ... READ MORE

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Weve been watching Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts, those flawed and brilliant men, but it is Eleanor who grabs my heart, the lonely ... READ MORE

Initiatory Rites

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for Shams Kairys

A kind friend, knowing I was down in the dumps, offered encouragement by sending me a poem by Rumi:

Don't grieve. Anything ... READ MORE

Worn Down

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Things are hard right now. Friends are divorcing and dying; Robin Williams, the guy who kept us all laughing, has taken his life; we had an ... READ MORE

Hersheys Kisses

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A friend offered me a pin this week that read Imagine No Violence. After thinking about it for a moment I shook my head, preferring to put ... READ MORE

Time and Again...

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I tend to measure the passage of time, not by coffee spoons as T.S. Eliot did, but by garbage-pickup days. I also notice how the moon wanes ... READ MORE

Free Energy

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In memory of Alice Holway;

for Leon and Deb

I once had a dream of singing by the sea. As I sang, the sound entered the cresting waves, mixing ... READ MORE

If Not Me, Then Who?

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If not now, then when? If not me, then who? 

Thats what my friend Pam Mayer said, quoting Hillel, when she was 70 and decided to buy ... READ MORE

A Way Out Of No Way

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for Wild and Radish

A friend wrote from where she lives in Vermont, where the temperatures this winter went below zero for days on end, ... READ MORE