Yizkor

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On this special day of Josh’s confirmation at Main Line Reform Temple, the theme of the service was memories and remembering. Many of the speeches by the 33 confirmants eloquently expanded on this theme about deceased relatives. The following passage from the prayer book left a strong message. We remember the ones we have loved […]

parenting: balancing passion with leadership

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a message to my son after a challenging event: You might remember that I commented on this line from Professor Dumbledore when we saw “Harry Potter” together years ago: “It is not through our words that we show who we truly are, but through our actions.” Say what you want – emotional outbursts are a […]

Steve Lopez “The Soloist” – comments on mental illness

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Four passages in “The Soloist” had an impact on me with regard to the book’s primary theme of mental illness. The ending of Chapter 2 is one of the most memorable of the book: “Nathaniel begins to play, slicing through the madness. His eyes are closed, and in his shuttered world there is order, logic, sanity, […]

Steve Lopez “The Soloist” – comments on writing

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Four passages in "The Soloist" had an impact on me with regard to writing as a profession. The discussion of Lopez’s journalism career concerns resonated through the book, but I suspect that most readers would not pick this out as a significant theme. I am sensitized to the issues and was very much aware of the ongoing references to the author’s wrestling with concerns […]