Chakra Meditation

About 15 years ago, I read Healing and the Mind, by the journalist Bill Moyers.  The book documents interviews Moyers conducted with over a dozen practitioners and researchers.  One section included an interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn, a medical school professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Dr. Kabat-Zinn asserted some intriguing and compelling medical [...]

Saturday Cooking: Roast Chicken

My Aunt Margaret has been a vegetarian for decades, but during a discussion some years ago about cooking a whole chicken, she directed me to a technique detailed in Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck.  I had seen this very poulet rôti recipe before as I browsed [...]

Cupid, to Venus

Now, Mother, I have served your bitter spite, And through me will the poisons ever run As you recline indifferent to the sight Of anguish in your ever-faithful son. I beg release from this tormentous state To know no more the face, the name, the sound Of Psyche, nor the dysempereal weight Of love unsought, [...]

The Day

Some cold juice from a pitcher before dawn, The waking morning as I draw the door, The paper damp with dew from our front lawn, Returning footsteps wet upon the floor. An hour as the print meets my mind’s mist, Then back roads to the schoolroom, where the day With joy sees age cajole and [...]

When Menace Meets You

When menace meets you on the road When scolding cuffs your ears, When keen contempt lurks in the eyes Of your condemning peers, When romance casts you cruelly by For one of dearer worth, When random fortune makes you rue The moment of your birth, In short, when nature prompts the cry Of outrage in [...]

Pink Sequel, Part V

This is the conclusion to the earlier installments: Parts I, II, III, and IV. The following Friday I stopped by Mrs. Holmes’s classroom, just to say hello--and to express my appreciation to Rebecca for sticking up for me.  I even felt like saying something nice to my former tormentors: Harlynn, Jolie, and Ava. That’s right--my [...]

Language Shapes Perception

Some years ago, NPR’s Radiolab aired an episode entitled “Why Isn’t the Sky Blue?” in which the hosts and some experts explored the role of language in human perception of the color blue.  Citing investigations done over a century ago by Lazarus Geiger and William Gladstone, the speakers noted an interesting pattern in the vast [...]

Pink Sequel, Part IV

In this episode, I learn that the girls have agreed to stop teasing me.  In fact, they propose--through Mrs. Casazza--to do something I would never have imagined. This continues Parts I, II, and III. Some weeks later, I sat in my office having usual breakfast and doing the New York Times crossword puzzle. It was [...]