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May 31, 2020

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Simple life at home, monitoring the rising wave of anger, the calls for justice. Layers of disbelief compound each other– is he really our president, can he really say and do these things, are we really locked down in a pandemic that has killed 100,000 here and more abroad, did the police really murder George Floyd in Minneapolis for passing a forged $20 bill, just because he was a black man, are our cities really being burned and Americans injured as they stand up publicly for justice? Last year at this time I was finishing preparations for my annual summer school, rehearsing for the concerts, readying class materials. Will we ever get back to a world where that is again possible?

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June 3, 2020 at 1:04 pm

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May 30, 2020

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See how my garden grows! A small patch of stable brightness in a world rocked by anger and destruction.

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June 3, 2020 at 12:55 pm

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May 29, 2020

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Heartsore, we bear witness, hoping for change, for a mitigation of systemic racism, for an end to police acting like the military, like soldiers at war against us. In solidarity with my daughter, I find the local Minneapolis news online, watching in sadness and disbelief as violence spreads, overtaking peaceful protest.

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June 3, 2020 at 12:34 pm

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May 28, 2020

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Today’s photo is from my daughter. She joins a peaceful protest, dismayed by the destruction of the commercial center just beyond her neighborhood. Distraught to see her local stores and restaurants, about to reopen, now eviscerated; worried for the fate of their local library, out of sight behind a police barricade. Like a spring too tightly wound, the murder of George Floyd causes an explosion of anger and grief amidst a pandemic and economic angst. Cities across the country are burning. I mourn with thousands.

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June 3, 2020 at 12:21 pm

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week 606 ~ one hundred thousand

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one hundred thousand
remember we must
women children men
one hundred thousand
will not laugh again
futures ground to dust
one hundred thousand
remember we must

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June 3, 2020 at 12:15 pm

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May 27, 2020

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The first rose of summer! Readers of this blog will remember my annual quest forĀ  photo of the last rose of summer. But I walk my neighborhood today troubled by violence, by injustice; worried for my daughter’s family quarantined in an epicenter of grief and rage. Peaceful protests mix with violence too close for comfort, burning down her city. Disbelief mixes with fear.

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June 3, 2020 at 12:06 pm

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May 26, 2020

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A close-up.

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June 3, 2020 at 11:59 am

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May 25, 2020

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My little front-yard tree is once again a blossom over-achiever. I salute its persistence as an optimistic sign. Today is Memorial Day and summer unofficially begins. With a few open beaches, with scenes of crowded debauchery, and news of troubling events, this usually joyful day bring ominous news.

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June 3, 2020 at 11:58 am

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May 24, 2020

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I have been struggling of late to keep my spirits up. The uncertainty of what lies ahead, the cancellation of music events, rehearsals, concerts weighs heavily. But I am a problem solver by nature. So I grab a blanket and head to the sea. Lying in the sun, masked, socially-distanced, out of my home in a public park, I listen to the mundane sounds of life going on. “Can I have a chocolate cookie?” “Ewww– dog poop!” “She called him!!” Usually I would frown, try to ignore, but today I let the sounds of normal life wash over me and am at peace.

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June 3, 2020 at 11:56 am

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May 23, 2020

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Light piercing shadows– the outdoors beckons.

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June 3, 2020 at 11:51 am

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