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Torah Trope

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

So what else I’m doing these days (and you thought you’d never see anything new on this blog) is studying torah trope. A couple of weeks ago I uncovered a book The Art of Torah Cantillation that I had picked up oh, maybe eight years ago, when the Temple Emanuel choir made a quick trip […]

Arbor almost finished

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

I can show you my garden arbor, looking almost the way it will when it’s finished. It needs more pieces cut and many pieces to be put on, and some finish on the seats (I think I’ll use a clear oil on them, because the paint I used for the rest of it will get […]

Hyphenated Blues

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

On our way home from Portland this morning we heard Hyphenated Blues by the Okratones on WUNH, the campus station from Durham, New Hampshire. It’s about last names. Just listen.

Calligraphy memoir

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I started doing Hebrew calligraphy while I was working at Parke Math Labs in 1978, give or take a year. A born-again woman who worked in the same building said “I just found my name in the Bible, as a heading over a verse in a psalm.” I explained that her name, Beth, was the […]

Listening to chamber music

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

I went to a concert last night, part of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, in a renovated carriage house on one of the old sea captain estates along the main road into the town. If the festival hasn’t changed its home page since I set up that link, the picture on the festival web site […]

Making musical instruments?

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

I was starting on this story last night — When I was in graduate school I got the notion that I’d like to learn to play “Turkey in the Straw” on the fiddle. Being a starving graduate student, I couldn’t afford to buy a fiddle. Maybe I could make one? While I was thinking about […]

Two New England Churches

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Last weekend (July 24 and 25) we were, uncharacteristically, in two picture-postcard type New England churches. Being Jewish, of course I don’t go to church as such. Synagogue now and then, but not church; but when I was in college, I went to chapel services at the college enough to become comfortable with Protestant services. […]


Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

I’ve been working on a garden arbor for our place in Maine. It’s one of those gateway arches with trellis sides and benches on the inside of the gates, so you can sit down under the vines that are supposed to grow up and around the thing, if you want to and there aren’t insects […]


Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Our favorite place to buy garden plants in Maine recently has been Reinhart’s garden center in Naples. They’re not on a main road, so it took us a while to find them. I guess Arlene saw their ad in the local newspaper once and wanted to check them out. At any rate, they have a […]


Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

About a week ago I noticed that the rear window of our new car sported some graffiti. It must have been done by someone who spends less time on gravel roads than I do and doesn’t appreciate the futility of keeping a car washed if you do travel on gravel roads. As best I could […]