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Holy Lands

One Navajo, one Jew: two distinct “holy lands.” Our recent ten day sojourn in Santa Fe, New Mexico reminded me of how culture and personal vision determine which particular portions of Mother Earth we hold sacred.  Writing from the small … Continue reading

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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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