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Five Good Springs

Goodnight and sleep well. Tonight and all the nights I am away.

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Soon after my seventieth birthday, at an annual checkup which was routine but also not, my doctor, a man who could be thought to lack tact, by way of complimenting me on my general state of good health informed me that I could probably, all things being equal, I could likely expect to enjoy ten good years, cautioning me that as I approached eighty my body would likely begin to show increasing signs of wear and tear, advising me to anticipate that by working on balance and strength; for him that meant yoga. Did I mention that I live near...

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

My adaptation of the Dickens story is playing right now at the Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown. http://www.centenarystageco.org/a-christmas-carol Carl Wallnau as Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Program note

Last year, when this adaptation was first presented, I included this note in the program: Ordinarily I don’t write program notes preferring to let the work speak for itself—but these aren’t ordinary times.Last week, coming into the theater, I was happy to see that the set was up, though it wasn’t yet complete. There was still painting to be done, lights for the show were being hung and focussed, stage management and design crews were hard at work, but the structure was there, under work lights—ghost...

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Unknown Unknowns

Since I stopped watching TV, among other topics, I've been reading histories of the ancient world. In The Spartan Regime,Sparta Paul A. Rahe writes, regarding evidence of the past and how to understand it: ... scholars find themselves in the position of children eager to reconstruct a vast jigsaw puzzle—who are aware that the great majority of the pieces are missing and that many of those which have survived are broken, and who then discover, to their great dismay, that their situation is complicated by yet another, perhaps even graver...

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Beginning

Recovering from my reaction to the Moderna booster shot I'm thinking that now is as good a time to begin as any. Like all of us, I think, I'm anxious to get beyond this pandemic time and into whatever will come after. I've been busy over the last year, but now most of that is done and I'm beginning to look forward to what's next. Winter's on the way, I still have maintenance to get done to make the house ready, knowing that what's to come will be spring. The second spring: which brings me to the title.

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