Archive for the ‘One Daily Pleasure’ Category

I’ve been given many reasons to ponder the nature of friendship these past months — a most cherished value, to be a good friend.  I certainly haven’t come up with anything new or profound, but this song, Sonya Alone, heard at Dave Malloy’s exhilarating electropop opera, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, says everything I feel […]


How many birthday cakes does a 9 year old boy need? One for the football party, 22 boys in the park in the snow playing the game. One for Jasper’s class party at school to celebrate his birthday. One for the family birthday at home with his aunts and nonna and because Almond Cake is […]


I Love You

14Feb13

Courtesy my friend, Année Kim


Recently my daughter read Our Town with her 7th grade English class.  From the pages of the book fell an email from my cousin, Charles McPhee, dated 10/08/2009 — one year and seven months, to the day, before he would die of ALS, the illness that had already ravaged him by this point.  The email […]



  An image from 1910.  


“Yes,” he thinks. “I should never have let myself get out of the habit of prayer.” He turns from the window. One wall of the study is lined with books. He pauses before them, seeking, until he finds the one which he wants. It is Tennyson. It is dogeared. He has had it ever since […]