Reading in the time of COVID-19

Reading in the time of COVID-19

Old New Worlds Part II Chapter Fourteen         As my contralto-nutritionist friend Monica Reinagel has pointed out, “By now, you’ve gotten emails from every website and business you’ve ever visited, announcing how they are responding...
Belatedly posting my spring newsletter

Belatedly posting my spring newsletter

My friend Kristine—the genealogist who helped me to search for Sarah in Old New Worlds—sent me this quote from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets: East Coker after I lost my sister, Anne, to pulmonary fibrosis three weeks ago. Anne was the one who brought our family’s African...
Outside In: Sarah Kendrew

Outside In: Sarah Kendrew

The Harvesters by the Netherlandish painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, is part of a series of six works commissioned by the Antwerp merchant, Niclaes Jongelinck, for his suburban home. The paintings show the times of the year, and this rural scene of the Low...
Outside In: Dariusz Skoraczewski

Outside In: Dariusz Skoraczewski

Chopin’s monument in Warsaw is deeply ingrained in every Pole’s memory and heart—as it is in the memory and heart of Dariusz Skoraczewski, the principal cello of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The statue is located in a big park where many outdoor concerts take...
Agatha Christie from the page to the stage

Agatha Christie from the page to the stage

It’s fun trying to mix it up with the BookNotes segment on WBJC each month, and when I heard that Everyman Theatre was putting on the first-ever stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s iconic whodunit, Murder on the Orient Express, my interest was immediately piqued....

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