“Do The Pandemic” [Poem with video]

After the text is a video with me reading the poem, followed by comments from poets Beth Weinstock and Steve Abbott. We met on May 17 for a Poetry Circle during which poets read poems — finished and unfinished — to the others and then comment with...

“Now You Know” [Poem with video]

After the text is a video with me reading the poem, followed by comments from poets Beth Weinstock and Steve Abbott. We met on May 17 for a Poetry Circle during which poets read poems — finished and unfinished — to the others and then comment with...

“Access To Francis” [Poem with video]

Here is a poem inspired on Good Friday and Easter 2020 by images of the Pope presenting his messages to the world amid pandemic solitude. After the text is a video with me reading the poem, followed by comments from poets Beth Weinstock and Audrey Brahler. We met on...

String, Foil, and Bands [poem with video]

I wrote this, after my sister asked what I thought our parents would have thought about this pandemic. Of blessed memory: Arthur J. Isaac, Jr., born, 1917; died, 1991. Jacquelin Fihn Isaac, born, 1927; died, 2012. String, Foil, and Bands I remember roaming in my...

Make Time To Worry (video)

I wrote this today on a Zoom call with Rabbi Sharon Mars and her Congregants from Temple Israel of Columbus, during a conversation about Mussar and worry. After writing this, I see that many have suggested scheduling time for worry. There are many online resources for...

What Care Of Nature? [with video]

What Care Of Nature? Deer leap our fence, to graze the early springtime grass. I had missed how predictable their comings and goings, as if a daily commute from the Glen to our yards and back. Birds cross above, on flight plans I’d underlooked, with not prey in...

Tea Time

Is it just me, or does it feel kind of apocalyptic around here? What feels to you like a harbinger of the end? Politics? Virus? Environment? Buffoons? Markets? What are you doing about this crazy world? What are you doing about it? Here’s a suggestion. Make a...