Happy Bloomsday, Mr Joyce!

Many years ago just for fun I took a course called Three Great Novels,  but I only remember one of them – James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses.   It may sound like hyperbole but reading Ulysses in that class changed my life,  at least my reading life as I now measure every work of fiction I read against that great book. Since then I’ve reread Ulysses several times and every June 16th celebrated Bloomsday at Symphony Space in New York. Then I heard about the James Joyce Summer...

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Retreat

A dozen or so years ago my cousin Kathy called from DC and asked me to join her the following month for a Jewish women’s weekend retreat. Because geography had always kept us apart,  spending a weekend with my cousin was wonderfully appealing and a women’s retreat would be a new experience for us both. Kathy and I arrived on the beautiful grounds of the Pearlstone Retreat Center in Maryland on a Friday afternoon and met the 16 other participants and the female rabbi and young cantorial...

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