a poem for Herzog and any human who has ever been sad

May 3, 2015

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August 2007 Your song ended when the air smelled of wild grapes and the dusty sweetness of clover. And crickets serenaded the evenings, and cicadas’ hum filled day— and night Everywhere was the scent and vibration of high summer — then I learned that death is not an event not a presence but a cessation. A […]

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Scones and Crocuses

March 24, 2015

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Deev Murphy, bless her heart, called me up yesterday (Monday) to tell me that she and my dad had been talking about how he hadn’t really seen any any spring flowers yet. She wanted to let me know that there were some crocuses on Runnymede Avenue in Jenkintown. (Deev didn’t know the cross street; I think it’s […]

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First day of a journal about caring for Richard Redd

March 23, 2015

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Monday March 23, 2015 It’s Monday, and I don’t have to teach on Mondays. This means I can help get 12-year-old Arkady out the door with relatively little stress, walk the dogs, Zeus and Lilu, over to Jenkintown Elementary School and then cook my dad a nice breakfast. Today it what my family calls “toads […]

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Redd-Bunker-Reichgott 2013 – Vernal Equinox Newsletter

June 12, 2014

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For years, the Bunker-Redd family has received an annual (printed) newsletter for the Winter Solstice from beloved old friends (from the Lehigh U. circle). Recently other old friends (also from Lehigh) emailed a winter (February) summing-up of the previous year’s activities, claiming that people are too busy in December to do justice to catching up […]

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Do White Americans have a “Great Death”?

November 7, 2013

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Nearly every ethnic group has a “Great Death.” By this I mean catastrophic loss of more than human lives.  This expression comes (in translation) from the Yup’ik Eskimos and refers to their “Great Death,”  the aftermath of diphtheria, influenza and disease that decimated southwestern Alaskan villages after initial contact with Russian Orthodox and Moravian missionaries […]

On the day of remembrance

April 7, 2013

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Sunday April 7, 2013 Today is Yom HaShoah. It means day of the holocaust. The word, “Holocaust” comes from the Greek, meaning a thing entirely consumed by fire. Today we remember the victims of perhaps the greatest crime of humans against humans. The six million or more Jews and three million others killed by the […]

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