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  Because of Spielberg’s Lincoln, and the upcoming second inaugural address of Barak Obama, there seems to be renewed interest in this address, given in the height of the Civil War.It’s the only such address that doesn’t thank constituents for re-election—indeed there’s not one word about...
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Nils and Sally
  They’re indomitable.   Here’s what they’re up to this month: Sally Ashton, current Poet Laureate (2011-2012) In her second year as PL, after having organized countless readings and sold-out workshops and finding a way to display poetry on the bus lines of San Jose through a program...
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Kevin with Sully
  Once a year for eight years now I’ve volunteered at the annual Writer’s Luncheon put on by the National Kidney Foundation.  I’m an ‘author’s assistant,’ meaning I help with the line of people who want their books signed.  This year I sat with one of our few generally-agreed-upon...
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Johnna Show Meg Leduc Curator
  Bay Area curator Aimee Leduc, working with the gallery director Meg Schiffer, put together a show of four photographers who are working with subject matter often overlooked.  No postcard snapshots of the Golden Gate here!  One of those whose work is being shown at the Civic Center...
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Board and Kevin
  Official commendation: Kevin Arnold from left: Supervisor Shirakawa, Supervisor Wasserman, Kevin’s friend Larry Moody, Kevin, his wife Carol, moi, Nils Peterson, Supervisor Kniss, Supervisor Yeager, and Supervisor Cortese I had the privilege of attending the Santa Clara County Board of...
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Scotty and Ilana
  I’ve seen Mortality Play four times.  The first time was when the two playwrights were graduating from NYU’s Tisch School, the second was at Ars Nova in mid-Manhattan, a spirited performance directed by West Hyler, and twice last summer at Yale.  Although fast moving and full of...
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Ahwanee Hotel Dining Room
  Stephen T. Mather agreed to lead the Park Service in 1915, at a time when there were just 16 national parks and the public was indifferent to the concept. Today there are 58 magnificent parks, and through the years, the careful planning and inspiration of Mr. Mather...
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Sharon Olds
  Much-esteemed poet Sharon Olds, formerly the Poet Laureate of New York State and a faculty member at New York University and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, will be reading in downtown San Jose tomorrow.  Those of you who snicker at the term ‘downtown San Jose’ might note that it...
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Barrington and Main
  I apologize that this photo lacks artistic merit, but this view of the Catlow Theater, whose sign is somewhat obscured, with street signs at the intersection of Barrington Road/Hough Street/Route 59 and Main Street, the center of town, has significance for me.  I’m at my high school...
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Robert's Slam Hand
  I’m a very amateur duplicate bridge player.  The other day I played with my pal Robert, who recently published a book which I helped him title, Remember, your last name is Krohn.  We were playing in a club game against a pair who were much more experienced than we were, people with...
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Kate and her Charges
  For as many people who congratulate Kate on her spunk, almost as many question what she’s doing.  I listen attentively but so far I haven’t let their fears infect my thinking. First, she knows and loves these kids.  She’s provided relief for both their mother and others providing...
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Mommy Kate's Kids
  In a previous entry, I described how my daughter Kate, a fourth-year medical student at Georgetown, had planned to provide Foster Care for three young siblings, and adopt all three of them.  One problem was that they’re in California and she was in Washington, D. C., but the deans at...
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Esquire cover Raymond Carver.jpg
In a fiction seminar I took at Stanford summer school in the early 1980s, the teacher, Chuck Kinder, brought Raymond Carver to class.  Carver was well over six feet with the quiet demeanor of a man much smaller.  He had just published another story in Esquire and was thoughtfully upbeat...
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Richard's Text
  Before the conference, I received an Email from Yale, sent the conference leader, Terry Harker, that the Master to whom I was assigned was Richard Selzer.  What a refined gentleman!  At eighty-four, he walks miles to the Yale library every day and does his writing, turning out...
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M&Ms World
  Somehow I'd missed Kate Walberg's two stories in the New Yorker.  Indeed, before I went to New Haven I’d not heard of her except as part of the summer’s faculty.  She was one of the four ‘Masters,’ but one I was not assigned to, so I wasn't invited to her more intimate morning...
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