human condition

Firsts and Lasts and In Betweens: I Miss You, Jeni Flock

March 23, 2014

Truth be told, it was Jeni who made the first move. Before I drew a wider circle, Jeni reached out to me. I didn’t know at the time the extent to which she was a boisterous extravert, a curious humanitarian, a mushy marshmallow heart linked to a wickedly smart and witty mind. But I was […]

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January 6, 2014

My fingers glide effortlessly over the keys. No one in the history of piano — including Ludwig van Beethoven — has ever performed Für Elise quite as  well as I am playing it now. I sit at the piano in our living room, right near our home’s front door, “sniffing the keys” (my piano teacher‘s phrase […]

Perfect Moment Monday: Meltdowns and Mirrors

April 28, 2013

I’d had some bad news. I hadn’t slept much the night before, worrying about all the changes that would ensue as a result of a conversation I’d  had. Though I know that somehow, things will be all right again time-wise, money-wise, family-wise, I allowed myself the luxury of feeling defeated, just for one day. It […]

Boston’s darkest day: a thousand points of light

April 16, 2013

During the endless looping of limited video during yesterday’s Boston Marathon tragedy, I first fixated on the 78 year-old runner who dropped to his knees at the moment of the explosion. Hours later I was relieved to know he was OK. In the dozen or so times I saw his inevitable crumble, he had become […]