Return

There is a portion like the holy in the growing odors of the green– Slinking thyme English ivy on the vine Lily bells and Queen Anne’s lace Purple-tufted onion grass, the trace of Persian clover, sodden honeysuckle, A red-eyed Rose of Sharon tree. Tell me, dear, how many bear on me– how you bow or boast or lust or lose? How much … More Return

You are the Way

The point is not to take the world’s opinion as a guiding star but to go one’s way in life and work unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause. —Gustav Mahler I remember when it seemed that all my undergraduate friends were packing up their English and Classics degrees and heading off to law … More You are the Way

alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Gustav Mahler! (Top Ten Pieces)

For me, Gustav Mahler is the ultimate in classical music.  As a director and composer, he found ways to get all he could from each instrument in the orchestra. No one does loud like Mahler.  And for a heart-wrenching adagio, Mahler is unparalleled.  Here is my list of the top ten Mahler pieces. 10. Symphony 2, … More alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Gustav Mahler! (Top Ten Pieces)

Five Lessons We Can Learn From Maria on Sesame Street

Sonia Manzano the actress who has played Maria on Sesame Street for the past 44 years is retiring. My first reaction? That pressure in my chest I get when I suddenly learn that something I haven’t paid attention to for ten years or more is gone. Like Star Trek’s Bones McCoy, I am transported to … More Five Lessons We Can Learn From Maria on Sesame Street