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Make a wish. Write it down on a piece of paper. Fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree. Ask your friends to do the same. Keep wishing. Until the branches are covered with wishes.-Yoko Ono 1997

Welcome to my Wish Tree. Let’s build a forest.

And Joseph Cried-A commentary

Torah B’reishit  Genesis     Portion             Parshat Vayigash וַיִּגַּ֨שׁ   Chapter 45   The final story about Joseph and his brothers Joseph was one of thirteen sons and daughters of Jacob and Rachel and Leah.  His story goes…

Sylvia Schmidt

Dear Mom

June 6, 2023 Dear Mom, As I sit here looking lovingly at the Yahrzeit candle on the 12th marking of your death and the 80th anniversary of your ‘first wedding’,  I want to remember together the excitement of the baseball…

One More Trip Around

This hemisphere Lurches towards The unbalanced time of darkness spinning spinning off center Ah, to settle into low breathing quiet as bears and bumblebees turtles and toads do To persist immobile and still until spring For now Let us bow…

Where Am I Today?

Where Am I Today-two poems written at the People's Music Network https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEdV-CPDFhU

NLCS Philllies Scoreboard

Dayenu – Ode to Phillies Season 2022

Dayenu - It Would Have Been Enough November 6, 2022  Dayenu, is a well known song from the Passover Seder that reminds us to have gratitude along the way If the Players Union and owners had only finally struck a…

The Postseason Baseball Playoffs 2022

Phillies 2022 Red October Overview  When I made plans for a visit to New York City for the weekend of October 21-23, 2022, the thought that the Philadelphia Phillies would still be playing baseball was-well-improbable. After all, with just 87…

Last Will    dedicated to the children of Uvalde

A testament I bequeath all my worldly goods to my mother And father And  big sister In the bottom  drawer of my dresser  You know the one under the window with the flowery curtains  On top is the picture of…

For Troy Smith, Jr. On Viewing Your Likeness

I remember learning  a typical museum visitor  spends an average of 15 seconds looking at a work of art. I stop not to graze But feast in your eyes. In this graveyard of lives cut short I am stopped by…

Stream of Grateful Consciousness

Thanksgiving Nov 25, 2021 I am grateful for breath. For clean clothes and water, a neighborhood of trees, a block of generous lively neighbors, communities of justice-seeking loving human beings, access to other people’s pets, basic health, people to come to…

Clear and Present Danger

January  6, 2021 Today I cleared out a closet And read the Article of Impeachment Today I had a passport photo taken And watched pictures of the insurrection Today I sorted through papers  And scrolled through one article after another  …

Is brokeness beautiful?

In the basement of my Mt. Airy Philadelphia apartment where I lived from 1993-2003, the 8 x 8 foot storage area was stuffed with boxes that I hadn’t bothered to unpack for the entire 10 years that I lived there.…

One Trip from Pittsburgh

My father, David, loved to drive long distances. It was a joy he could indulge in frequently after we moved from Pittsburgh to Maryland when I was 10, the day that John Glenn went up in space. Traveling back several…

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