TestH2Rete Mirabile

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More than twenty years have passed since I wrote about my mother’s memory loss.  I am now close to the age she was when I became her caregiver.  I worry—now that I’m 80 myself—about my own lost words, my own forgotten appointments and occasional confusions.  Trees steady me.  They lose their leaves but they continue […]

TestH2Date Night: Silent Conversation

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I say hello to Barton at the doorAnd turn back to Joanne to wave goodbye. Joanne, (hidden from view), gives me a sign:Thumb of one hand curved to meet first finger, forming a circle: A signal that says, “You look great. Go have fun!” Hand signs are one enduringPart of our private languageAs twins, as teensAs two […]

TestH2Carnegie Hall

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Strapped to my back, gleaming like a shiny blue car, is the hard-shell case for my cello and I am lugging it up the steep hill in Lubec, Maine, the Eastern most town in the United States and just across the bay I can see Campobello Island but instead of thinking of Roosevelt, I chat […]

TestH2Hollywood High

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We lined up on Hollywood Blvd. To see Eisenhower’s motorcade pass by.We were 10th graders in gym shorts and white camp shirts: This moment was embarrassing and exciting … But mostly mindless. Later that year: Gerald L.K. Smith, a demagogue, came to speak:An evening event at Hollywood High School’s auditorium.  I was one of four brash girlsWho knew Smith’s […]