Keep Your Candles Burning – December 31, 2019

After spending a few short days together for the holidays this week, our family received this note today from my Dad, Rui’s grandfather, now 92 years of age. Tuesday, December 31, 2019So good to know all arrived home safely. When we were together, I talked about being aware of one’s blessings. I was indeed keenly … More Keep Your Candles Burning – December 31, 2019

‘From the Shadows’ Documents Japanese Child Abduction as a Way of Life

I don’t know for how long this film will be up on Youtube, but it is up now! This was an important film for us; extremely important. Its production overlapped with Rui’s abduction to Japan in a period when I did not fully understand the extent and the political significance of Japan’s arrangement of convenience … More ‘From the Shadows’ Documents Japanese Child Abduction as a Way of Life

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THOU hearest the Nightingale begin the Song of Spring: The Lark, sitting upon his earthy bed, just as the morn Appears, listens silent; then, springing from the waving corn-field, loud He leads the Choir of Day—trill! trill! trill! trill! Mounting upon the wings of light into the great Expanse, Re-echoing against the lovely blue and … More Sidekick

The sun pours down like honey on Our Lady of the Harbor

For reasons I’m not entirely certain of, this became the Rosh Hashana song for me.Many years running, and long-alienated from religious faiths or belonging, I walked on East Broadway each year when this holiday came. Not so long ago, the air used to turn cold then. Gray-bearded Orthodox and Hasidim in long black caftans rocked … More The sun pours down like honey on Our Lady of the Harbor