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Month: September 2018

Friday Musings: A Certain House

Friday Musings: A Certain House

How many of you that are parents remember realizing that your child was turning into a little person right before your eyes? Doesn’t that moment bring back the sweetest memories? It certainly does for me, but I also recall recognizing shortly thereafter that my kids were not going to hold onto these early memories in the same the way that I was. They would, in fact, be mine alone to keep. As parents, we become aware that there is a reason why our children don’t remember the things that

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Music and Cocktails: Half Empty or Half Full

Music and Cocktails: Half Empty or Half Full

I was first exposed to the Indie band Death Cab for Cutie when my daughter was in high school and I was driving her back and forth everyday. At that point, they had released both Transatlanticism, the album that brought them recognition and critical acclaim, and Plans, their first commercial success with a major label that ended up going platinum. “Marching Bands of Manhattan” is the opening track on Plans and I can distinctly remember hearing it for the first time and immediately thinking

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Poetry in a Glass: In Absentia

Poetry in a Glass: In Absentia

I first learned about Wallace Stevens in a grad school class where the assignment was to select one of his poems to explicate. I deliberately chose “Sunday Morning” because it was difficult, and I wanted a challenge, and I certainly was not disappointed in the least. Stevens is a perfect example of a Modernist poet who wrote about the world in an intellectual, impersonal, and objective manner. His vocabulary was tremendous, his attention to even the slightest detail was incredibly precise, and

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Friday Musings: Spirit Guide

Friday Musings: Spirit Guide

There are those of us for whom spirituality is as necessary as breathing; we simply could not exist without it. We believe strongly in a higher power, whether it’s a formal deity associated with organized religion, or the omnipresent universe which stuns us at times with its ability to be equally omniscient. There is a dictionary entry for the word spirit that defines it as “the vital principle in human beings, or the mediating factor between our bodies and our souls.” If we extend this idea

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Music and Cocktails: Traveling Blind

Music and Cocktails: Traveling Blind

Leonard Cohen’s impact on the music world cannot be measured. He has influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Bono, all major influencers themselves, and only a handful of artists in the total list. His presence was like a stone being thrown into a lake; the ripples he caused went on forever. Rolling Stone called Cohen the “poet of brokenness” in an article written by Mikal Gilmore shortly after his death in November of 2017. Gilmore felt that despite Cohen’s

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