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2020 retrospective

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2020 retrospective 2020 was one of the most difficult and challenging years in my life as well as the country’s, though we couldn’t have known how difficult or challenging when we rang the year in at midnight on Jan. 1. 1.3.19 2020 began with a toast to the professor as members of the NYC Friends […]

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Hwangap (11.7.20)

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I’m actually not one for big birthday parties; in fact, I’ve only had one really big public birthday party in my life. When I turned 50, I was initially inclined to keep my age as big a secret as possible, but then did just the opposite: I ended up organizing a big public event at […]

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New York City: yew tree estate or wild boar settlement?

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New York City: yew tree estate or wild boar settlement? New Amsterdam was the first European settlement on the island of Manhattan, which the indigenous Lenape had settled long before the arrival of the Dutch. In 1664, a British warship sailed into the harbor and the Dutch surrendered without a shot being fired. Charles II renamed […]

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Trump wants to deny transgender rights on religious grounds. But what if gender identity, itself, is a matter of the soul? (S.I. Rosenbaum, Boston Globe, 7.5.19)

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  By S.I. RosenbaumBoston Globe5 July 2019 In late May — just before the start of Pride Month — the Trump administration formally announced its intent to allow medical practitioners and health insurers to legally discriminate against transgender people. The administration proposed to undo Obama-era language that defined discrimination “on the basis of sex” to […]

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Rainer Maria Rilke

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Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Rilke ist mein Lieblingsdichter der Dichter des Zwanzigstenjahrhunderts. Rilke wurde am 4. Dezember 1875 in Prag geboren. Rilke war der Sohn eines Beamters und seine Eltern waren böhmischen Deutschsprecher; er war Student Student der Philosophie in München wo er  Lou Andreas-Salomé kennengelernte, die Geliebte seines Lebens. 1906 war Rilke der […]

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Bernie Journey: Iowa 2020

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  Bernie Journey: Iowa 2020by Pauline Park I had never canvassed for a candidate for office before flying out to Iowa in January 2020 to canvass for Bernie Sanders in Iowa; my Bernie Journey started out when Natalie James posted on the Facebook page of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America (NYC DSA) […]

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“Mondnacht”: Joseph von Eichendorff & Robert Schumann

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“Mondnacht” Joseph von Eichendorff & Robert Schumann 1840 war das ‘Jahr des Liedes’ für Robert Schumann; in diesem Jahr hat er drei Liederkreise geschöpft: “Myrthen,” “Dichterliebe” und “Frauenliebe und Leben.” Viele diese Lieder wurden für Clara Wieck Schumann komponiert. “Dichterliebe” ist am berühmtesten alle Schumanns Liederkreise und “Mondnacht ” ist eine der berühmteste Lieder der […]