Category: Culture

A Tale of Two Rescues

Someone once said to me, “Isn’t bird watching boring? I’m from the school of ‘If you’ve seen one bird, you’ve seen them all’.” Frankly, I suggest that person find another school.

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Ralph Lee

Last week I watched a street parade of his puppets which made me want to dance with delight. This time the mood was different as these ghostly apparitions in the Cathedral held me spellbound.

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Day Trippin’ – The Armstrong Center

The Armstrong Center opened on July 6, 2023 with the exhibit Here To Stay. It tells the story of Louis Armstrong’s five-decade career as an innovative musician, rigorous archivist, consummate collaborator and community builder.

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How Not to be Jewish 

Was it the Holocaust’s unspeakable destructive effect on Jews or simply guilt, denial and shame? No matter, the family story I have learned is quite extraordinary. Mazel Tov!

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Oyster, Oyster Where R Thou?

In practice, the oyster crab (taxonomically a ‘pea crab’) was and is more-common in southern waters, and to satisfy gourmand demand many were shipped up from, and still yet inhabit, the oyster beds of Chesapeake Bay.

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Eight hundred forty repetitions comprise Vexations, Erik Satie’s enigmatic unpublished durational piano score. Composed around 130 years ago, and evidently never performed, the piece remained a theoretical curiosity until 1963 when John Cage organized a marathon rendition in the East Village.

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The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra’s Monday night gig is the longest steady gig in jazz history (1966 to 2023). That’s 57 years at the Village Vanguard, the oldest continuously operating jazz club in the world (established 1935).

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A Table Set for Sisterhood

Released earlier this month. Each entry — which range from pop culture icons like Lizzo and Aretha Franklin to war correspondent Dickey Chapelle and notorious RBG — is accompanied by a quote, a brief history lesson, the genesis of the recipe, a discussion question and Jernigan’s bold, colorful illustrations.

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Village Pet Pages

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    As a medical team we want to share some ways to for people and pets to enjoy the holidays and prevent some hazards.

Joy in the Moment

  • Expect Nothing! You won’t be let down.
    Have you ever looked forward to an occasion, be it time with someone, a trip, a gift, a holiday…you name it? Then, when it didn’t work out as expected, or better said, as you expected, then you felt let down?

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