In dreams, the Pakistan Blues arrive …

Somewhere in the inky night between sleep, slumber and somnolence, I had a dream.  And although we all say we remember every part of every dream … in this case, I could only remember fragments.  Unconnected, dissonant fragments – something about listening to the radio, and hearing George Harrison playing a song called “Pakistan Blues.”…

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Are you able to help some teenage girls this Christmas?

Pastor Charlie Muller has achieved so much in his quest to make the Capital Region a better place.  And this year, he needs your help. See, Pastor Muller has taken care of many young people over the years, those who have survived abusive home lives, or who need to find a better home than the…

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The 35-cent Escape (Thank you, Stan Lee)

Stan Lee saved my childhood sanity and my childhood life.  So did Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko and George Perez and Marv Wolfman and Bill Mantlo and the rest of the Marvel Comics creative team. Which is why the passing of Stan Lee yesterday – at the ripe age of 95 – still seems like…

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For the innocent souls of Squirrel Hill

אבל: יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא. [קהל: אמן] בְּעָלְמָא דִּי בְרָא כִרְעוּתֵהּ וְיַמְלִיךְ מַלְכוּתֵהּ בְּחַיֵּיכון וּבְיומֵיכון וּבְחַיֵּי דְכָל בֵּית יִשרָאֵל בַּעֲגָלָא וּבִזְמַן קָרִיב, וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן: [קהל: אמן] קהל ואבל: יְהֵא שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא מְבָרַךְ לְעָלַם וּלְעָלְמֵי עָלְמַיָּא: אבל: יִתְבָּרַךְ וְיִשְׁתַּבַּח וְיִתְפָּאַר וְיִתְרומַם וְיִתְנַשּא וְיִתְהַדָּר וְיִתְעַלֶּה וְיִתְהַלָּל שְׁמֵהּ דְּקֻדְשָׁא. בְּרִיךְ הוּא. [קהל: בריך הוא:] לְעֵלָּא מִן כָּל בִּרְכָתָא בעשי”ת: לְעֵלָּא לְעֵלָּא מִכָּל וְשִׁירָתָא תֻּשְׁבְּחָתָא וְנֶחֱמָתָא דַּאֲמִירָן…

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Random thoughts while working on a new project

So, as the blog headline denotes, I’m currently involved with a new artistic project.  It’s a project that I’ve hinted at on my Facebook page, showing snippets and “in progress” photos.  But I know that such a project will take months to complete.  And I have to find ways to keep my energy up while…

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Another name for a waterfall

There is a part of me that, when my emotions are low, I try to find a way to combat the lowness.  And although I haven’t done it as much of late … it’s time to break out the camera and take a walk. And for me, the walk yesterday was in the Adirondacks. Just…

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To the high school class of 2019

Good morning, class.  You most likely do not have school today, due to the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.  That holiday is the start of the Jewish New Year, a time of celebration and anticipation of the future. Today, however, is also a day of mourning and remembrance of the past. You know this day. …

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The one part of the Nike / Colin Kaepernick story that no one is talking about

Yesterday, Nike released an advertisement in which they supported NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests against police brutality and the assaults on black men.  Kaepernick’s message is important and all should hear it.  It should not be twisted into a “Kaepernick doesn’t support the flag” because that’s not what he’s saying.  It should not be corrupted…

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