Keyword: Mike Fink
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If there’s one thing I hate, it’s when a broadcaster says, “here’s some Beethoven FOR YA!”  It’s that fake friendly intimacy I find condescending and all … more
In my school days, we had to learn poems by heart and then recite them by rote on the auditorium stage.  I remember Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ode to the month of May, “The … more
Esther Safran Foer has written what she calls a “post-Holocaust memoir,” titled “I Want You to Know We’re Still Here.” I teach a book that her son Jonathan wrote … more
She was the family beauty, the winner of the prize for being the prettiest girl in her high school graduating class in Montreal.  She was the only, lonely child of my mother’s eldest … more
Thank you, Mike Fink, for your thoughtful comments about World War I and Armistice Day (or Remembrance Day, as the British Commonwealth terms it). For the 25 years I taught at community … more
My only survival skill lay in words. I was too myopic to play ball as a boy, with a blind spot that allowed for a blow to my head before I knew what hit me.  I could fight back only by being … more
Did you know that a pigeon is a dove and that the word “columbus” means just that in Latin, the bird that makes a cooing, melancholy melody over all the continents and builds … more
Once upon a time it was tobacco that told your life story. A cigar if you sought success, or found it, even briefly.  A pipe for contemplation or peaceful philosophizing in an … more
She lives near me in summertime, along Narrow River in South Kingstown.  I would read her name as a board member of Save the Bay and always thought, “I should meet up with Anna ... … more
“Privilege.” What does it mean?  The help at Frenchman’s Creek – a manicured and gated community in Florida’s Palm Beach – come from such … more
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