Monthly Archives: August 2011

a good enough mother — or not

I’ve been thinking a lot about my parents. Not just my mother’s illness and my father’s death, but also about parenting altogether.  How are we with our pups? How are we with our own children? How are we with the … Continue reading

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daily kaddish: horns still apart

For the first time, I attempted to read just the Hebrew/Aramaic column. I tried not to look at the transliteration and mostly succeeded.
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the end of memory

It’s a very simple proposition: what if we forget? What if we forget the details? What if we forget their faces? What if they become reductionist cartoons, selective memory, fixed inside our stories, unverified by outside confirmation? What if they … Continue reading

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secrets of the tzaddik

He wanted it spelled ‘poppa’ not ‘papa.’  He was definitive about that, but not about much else.  I always wondered why. It seemed anachronistic, that spelling, but maybe that’s the point. He was from a different era. How could he … Continue reading

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daily kaddish: horns apart

With my horns down to parts and my brain too fried to attempt a piano harmonization, I figured I’d better read the text. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: Akio’s grampa

Akio’s grampa witnessed the reigns of three emperors, Expansionism, World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Western occupation, Japan’s rise to becoming the world’s second largest economic power and the crash in 1991, and in his last months, an 8.9 earthquake and 10 meter tsunami that were followed by fears of a nuclear disaster.
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daily kaddish: Arthur Fromer

On Saturday, Mira got a phone call from a cousin. Her uncle Arthur—her cousin’s dad—had just died. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: for a kitty

Somebody’s cat had died. I can’t remember whose. I’m appalled. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: soothing?

I decided to try to play Kogan’s “Kaddish” in a soothing style. Continue reading

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daily kaddish: trio

Mira’s son and daughter-in-law are visiting this week, and Alana joined us in tonight’s recitation of Kaddish. Continue reading

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