Thanksgiving

During these months in North Carolina with Ike, he is the steady focus of my days. Now 33, his undiagnosed degenerative illness has shaped his life, and ours, now for 19 years.

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A Well-Loved Poet and Gatherer of People

When I moved to Laurinburg, North Carolina, in June to teach at St. Andrews University, one of the first people I met was Ronald H. Bayes read more

Slow Irony, Sure Wit

Slow Irony seeks to link the pleasures of humorous insight with a commitment to “go local” in matters key to a community.

Forty-two years ago, at a weekend retreat held at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, read more

A Firm Persuasion

Saturday, November 1, 2014, at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Art Ability, several hundred art lovers interested in works created by individuals with physical and cognitive challenges had the opportunity to view the work of Charles Blackwell read more

On Her Plate

 

“Let me tell you what’s on my plate.”

It’s Mom on the phone, from her hospital bed in NC to me at my desk in NJ, and I think, Ah, she wants to talk about her upcoming pacemaker procedure. read more

sheen of stoma, pith of summer, and a sky grown clear

MoMA’s sculpture garden has Isa Genzken’s 28-foot rose and the New York Botanical Garden, (May through September) “Great American Gardens of the Early 20th Century read more

Crocuses, UConn, and Derek Jeter

Typically around this time of year crocuses incite a gasp of delight, and they did again this year — just a few days ago in the backyard of the rented house to which I moved a few months ago and the next day, more robust ones, read more

Stillness, Nothing-Happening Moments

In March at a beach in North Carolina, a group of people I have known for a long time gathered read more