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Carrying a Torch for Miss Liberty

Watch out for the acetylene torch!  This Valentine’s Day, “carrying a torch” holds new meanings for me.  Besides being an old-fashioned term for infatuation, it brings literal torches to mind.  I am a student in a course in “Balanced Sculpture,” with … Continue reading

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Following Aaron Copeland’s Dream

What would composer Aaron Copeland have made of the Jewish Film Festival in Bozeman, Montana, now in its second season?  The Jewish, Brooklyn-born and raised Copeland (1900 – 1990) made notable use of his klezmer-infused, cityscape youth in many musical … Continue reading

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Color Me Puzzled . . . But Pleased

I had more questions than answers at last Sunday’s Minnesota Crossword Puzzle Tournament, held in St. Paul’s grand Landmark Center.  Yet I had enormous fun participating in this annual event, organized four times now by the Friends of the St. Paul … Continue reading

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The IDIC of Leonard Nimoy: 1931 to 2015

Thirty-three years ago, the death of Mr. Spock seemed intolerable.  That was the gist of a feature article I wrote back then for the Mankato Free Press.  I was responding to 1982’s  brand-new movie, Star Trek II : The Wrath … Continue reading

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Memories and Motives–Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda

Even now, I can taste the sharp sweetness of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda.  This East Coast drink is my Yiddishkeit version of Marcel Proust’s madeleine, the bite-sized piece of sponge cake that launched seven volumes of Remembrance of Things Past.  … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims in Our Family–Another Look at Thanksgiving Day

Three hundred years and counting—that is the time between pilgrim voyages in our family.  Let me explain. As a Jewish parent, I was delighted decades ago to discover Barbara Cohen’s fine book for young readers, Molly’s Pilgrim (1985; 1998; 2005).  … Continue reading

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Selma Lagerlof’s Home and the Swedish “Tom Thumb”

I visited Selma Lagerlof’s rural home in central Sweden–an old manor house called Marbacka, close to the town of Sunne and the city of Karlstad–in May, 2008.  I had been thrilled to discover, when planning this trip with my Swedish-American … Continue reading

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