Category Archives: Small joys

Minor events with big import

Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston

Granted, I am not a skilled photographer, but lilac bushes are not particularly photogenic, even the very abundant, very energetic ones that make up the path of the lilac collection at the Arnold Arboretum.  Even yesterday, their day of full … Continue reading

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Do you know the way to Sacromonte?

~~This post originally appeared on this blog; then it migrated to the blog of the radio program “On Being;” and now it is back in its home.  This homecoming today is an occasion for celebration in an otherwise mostly dreary … Continue reading

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Farewell Leo’s Place, hello Harvard Square Mall

~~Yesterday at around 3:00 in the afternoon, Leo’s Place, which was opened in the late 1940s, closed its doors. One of the few remaining establishments of old Harvard Square before the sharks of globalization started buying the Square up in … Continue reading

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“Nebraska” — a love-letter to the American heartland

Alexander Payne’s Nebraska is a love-letter to his native state, to a dying way of life, to characters both flawed and uncomfortably familiar, and to a landscape so desolate as to send shivers down your spine.  It is all these … Continue reading

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First loves: Gare St Lazare Players Ireland does Godot in Boston

This afternoon, as the lights of the Paramount went on for the intermission of the last Boston performance of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, the woman in the seat in front of me turned round and said, “I thought the … Continue reading

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Short reviews: Reich’s inequality, Jenin’s gift, Berberian’s rant…

October is a busy time in our area–culturally, at least.  Here are four reviews of events which I saw:  Robert Reich’s film, Inequality for All; Jenin Freedom Theatre in a production of Athul Fugard’s The Island; Vahé Berberian from Los … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA

It was fire and ice this weekend at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in Becket, MA–the Brian Brooks Moving Company at the Doris Duke Theatre on Saturday night, and Companhia Urbana de Dança from Brazil  at the Ted Shawn Theatre.  Yet … Continue reading

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The Streets of Istanbul–photos from Taksim and Istiklal

From time to time on this blog, I feature photos from friends and colleagues who happen to be traveling to the four corners of the world.  Less than 24 hours ago, Asbed Kotchikian, a good friend whose photos of the … Continue reading

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It’s spring, time for Tabboulé (my darling)

  Is there anyone in this multicultural world of ours who has not heard of, consumed, or tried to make a good tabboulé? (The pronunciation is important: A double “b” and an “eh” sound at the end and not “taboulee” … Continue reading

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Mothers’ Day for all seasons…

At my local grocery this morning, the flower scene was in full bloom, so to speak. Flowers everywhere–tossed on the check out counter, held by shoppers, pinned on chests.   So many flowers, in fact, that if I don’t see … Continue reading

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