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School's Out, But Life Lessons Go On

(52) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 3:25 AM

I had the coolest music teacher in grade school: Mrs. Reed. Wearing long hair and "Earth mother" dresses, she brought us Three Dog Night, Joan Baez, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, America, Don McLean, Aretha Franklin, 5th Dimension, James Taylor and Carole King. We rocked like the big kids. Mrs. Reed...

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Looking for Christmas

(127) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 5:09 PM

"There'll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago..."

Where there is light and beauty, there may also be a dash of darkness and terror. In paraphrasing poet Rainer Maria Rilke, I find myself thinking about how Christmas morning scenes aren't always merry...
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Autumn's Falling Forward

(148) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 10:22 AM

It's all changing again. The days are shorter, and colder. Nature seems to be running in reverse now. Leaves are shrinking and dropping, and colors are fading as signs of life descend back into the earth. We too are returning indoors, shutting up our windows, and putting back on the...

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The Wonders of Summer

(108) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 3:38 PM

"Then followed that beautiful season ... Summer ... 
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape 
lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For kids everywhere, summertime means freedom! School's out and books are left behind....

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Spring to Life

(89) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 9:53 PM

For me as a kid living in the concrete jungle of the Bronx, the signs of spring were hard to read. But in our apartment, my mother made sure my sister and I knew that spring had arrived. She'd put up a "blossom tree," basically a large ceramic bucket filled...

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Beyond Being Irish

(90) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 4:16 PM

Back when I was in college in New York City, I'd gleefully cut classes and dash over to the St. Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue. I'm not really Irish, but I just didn't want to miss out on the fun, and this was a heck of a lot more...

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Why We Need Holidays -- Even Valentine's

(81) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 1:32 PM

There's no shortage of tragic news these days. Like many, I struggle to respond to the vastness of all this global pain. And now, just to top it off, I've got this doozy of a cold.

I toddle off to the drug store for some flu meds and find aisles...

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