Category Archives: Personal

Robins Caught in the Snows of Spring in Minnesota

As I sit now in my study, I can here robins chatting to one another. I can even translate what they’re saying, at least well enough to get the general idea. One says to the other, “I thought you said … Continue reading

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Is there a story about me?

STORIES When I was a child, my mother belonged to a sewing club, a group of about eight ladies that would meet one evening each month to chat (well, maybe you’re right: gossip) while each worked on a sewing or … Continue reading

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Forgiving Mom

It was June of 1955. I was twelve and my sister, whose wedding was just a week away, was out on the patio talking with Mom. I was surprised, since neither my sister nor I had ever had a conversation … Continue reading

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One Great Golden Tear

Twenty five years ago I bought a CD of the great pianist Vladimir Horowitz returning to his homeland, Russia, for a concert in Moscow. He had been living in voluntary exile for many years, one of the many artists driven … Continue reading

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Honolulu City Lights

I’ve been listening to some music from Hawai’i today. The Beamer Brothers (who have many tracks on Youtube) are a beautiful of older and more modern sounds from the Islands. My wife and I moved to Honolulu in 1970. I … Continue reading

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The Best Classical Music (for me), part 4

I had thought I would next write about Beethoven but I’ll put that off for another day. Right now I’m in the midst of a marathon: listening to several YouTube videos of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. Some of you may … Continue reading

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A Snowy Day of Peace

The snow is falling in large, lazy clusters. No breeze pushes them. They simply drift down in silent peace. The quiet is something more than an absence of noise — It is restful, calming, comforting. I sit at my desk, … Continue reading

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