Even Better Than Aretha Franklin’s Hat

I grew up in a house where a lot of classical music was played, and a lot of Sesame Street was watched. I bet I heard the traditional Shaker tune “Simple Gifts” before I could even talk, thanks to Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring;” I’ve kind of idolized violinist Itzhak Perlman ever since I saw him… Read more »

This American Life; Also, a Prayer

Do you listen to the NPR show This American Life? It’s my favorite radio show ever. I turn down invitations if they cut into my weekend routine of drinking a cup of tea and listening to This American Life. It’s hard to describe the show — the people at the show themselves admit this —… Read more »


I cannot seem to wipe the smile off my face. It has been such a stressful few months. It has been a stressful eight years. And the stress is bound to continue, of course, no matter how wonderful our president-elect is. This is the world. But for today, at least, in honor of a magnificent… Read more »

My Obligatory Election Post

(With apologies up front to my readers who are not American or are too young to vote. I must write this post — but I promise, I’ll only do it once.) So. I am not, nor have I ever been, politically eloquent. If I relied on my own powers of persuasion to explain to you… Read more »