Monthly Archives: January 2012

Giuseppe Penone: The Hidden Life Within

One day, about ten years ago, Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone went shopping. He came home with a 11,000 pound Lebanese cedar tree, one of thousands that had fallen during a wicked wind storm behind the Palace of Versailles. He took … Continue reading

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Anti-Facebook Greetings

This year in our home, New Year’s meant cranking down the hard drive and heading out for coffee with pen & paper in hand and thoughts of friends & family in mind. Yes, we cranked down—but not before printing out … Continue reading

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Emily’s crosses

A woman I know went into the night three nights ago. She slept near the heat of a sewer and breathed the hours till dawn. A bit later, at St. Patrick’s, watery hotcakes were slapped onto a plate and slid beneath … Continue reading

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Beyond the shutters

“Everything we say about death, is actually about life,” Kyoki Mori writes in an essay about her mother’s suicide, included in the new anthology The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death. How does this single line resonate in my life and … Continue reading

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