Category Archives: Small joys

Minor events with big import

For the love of Watertown, today….

~~Late last night, Watertown moved to the center of our and the world’s attention.  Today, Watertown, our neighbor town up the street, is barricaded and empty of its population.  But those who don’t seem to get enough of Watertown know … Continue reading

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In praise of bookstores…

This is a post to promote bookstores.  Yes, yes, we’ve done it before, talked about the vanishing bookstore and how it is so difficult nowadays to get up, go to a good bookstore (if you can find one anymore), browse … Continue reading

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Nemo is here, howling.

At last, Nemo has arrived. Like Irene before him, his name does not fall well on him.  He should have had a much less harmless name–something like Hannibal or even Stalin because, frankly, perched here on the second floor of … Continue reading

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A friendship for the world: the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Boston…

In the complicated universe of friendships, that of Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim holds a special place, and today, listening to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Symphony Hall in Boston, the magnitude of that friendship–its endurance, and generosity–was what stayed … Continue reading

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The year unwinds…

Year’s End by Ted Kooser Now the seasons are closing their files on each of us, the heavy drawers full of certificates rolling back into the tree trunks, a few old papers flocking away. Someone we loved has fallen from … Continue reading

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After Sandy…

How quickly everything has changed in our realm–a beautiful day of ample sun, wind, and dryness! The storm is gone, at least for now.  There is a strange calm in the air, a lightness which other places in Sandy’s path … Continue reading

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Sandy arrives, King Lear wanders the suburbs

It always comes back to the sound of things.  Sandy arrived a few hours ago with the howl and grate of the wind, at first gentle and mercurial, then more assertive, and then ferocious in the way utter madness must … Continue reading

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Aleppo burning, Aleppo remembered

Aleppo burns–the souk where we have wandered many an afternoon; the Sisi House where we have dined on the most delectable food in the hemisphere; the Kala’a in whose bowels we have been awed and made small; but most of … Continue reading

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Tips on Happiness 3: Uncharted seas*

~~On a wet, raw evening, the mind and heart can become pensive, wander off course.  It is such an evening in Boston–the summer surely in retreat, the winter not quite here yet. In-between, indeterminate, and exciting. Well-meaning writing teachers will … Continue reading

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Wish you were here: Paris, again

More photos of Paris, from my friend, chef extraordinaire, devoted tutor of French, Ariadne Eliseef.  There are, again, some photos of Paris scenes, as well as of Marché Malakoff and the sellers of fish, flowers and household items. Soon. ~~~ … Continue reading

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