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Grafton Peace Pagoda- Jun Yasuda

Spirituality

Jun Yasuda – A Faith Journey Interview

Written on June 1, 2017

Jun Yasuda is an inspiration. I hope that doesn’t sound trite because I mean that in the most sincere way possible. She is a guiding light and example of faith and activism in our community, and has been so for decades. I spent a few hours with Jun Yasuda at the Peace Pagoda in Grafton,…

Deacon Nancy Rosenblum

Spirituality

Deacon Nancy Rosenblum- A Faith Journey Interview

Written on May 25, 2017

I met Deacon Nancy Rosenblum during the Season of Lent this year and was delighted by her style, intellectualism and warmth. The idea of doing interviews with people I admire took hold of me a few weeks ago. I thought she would be a great candidate for depth of insight. I love learning how someone grows in…

Cabaret Song Lyrics

The arts

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Review of “Cabaret!”

Written on May 10, 2017

You should probably go see Cabaret at Proctors, especially since it’s only here until May 14th. Go if you want a sexy, bawdy good time that will also make you think and awaken inner conflicts. Cabaret is, in essence, one of the strangest musicals I’ve seen.  I was lucky enough to catch the ’98 Broadway version…

Climate March

Politics

Climate March- or “There is No Planet B”

Written on May 1, 2017

Marches and political resistance are the only times I’m comfortable sharing cliches publicly.  In this case, I feel completely justified marching with a sign that says “There is no planet B” on one side and #ClimateChangeIsReal on the other?  Why? Because climate change is real. I earnestly think that it is the most important issue…

Science matters

Upstate NY

Science Pride in 2017

Written on April 26, 2017

What a week!  We marched for science and then Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke at Proctors in Schenectady.  Thanks, Universe! I’d been hearing rumblings about a science march since right after the election and heart from the organizers of our local march at a Science on Tap event. Why did I want to go?  After all,…

Tom Waits - Down There by The Train

The arts

Tom Waits, Photography, and Coffee in Albany

Written on April 17, 2017

On Good Friday, I took a half day to go to service at the Cathedral of All Saints, drink spendid coffee ( I fasted ’til 3pm, which is always a hungry mistake for me, but I was well-intentioned) and see some interesting photography. Let’s talk about each of these things. The Good Friday service was…

Spirituality

The Season of Lent

Written on April 12, 2017

Lent is coming to a close and the four holiest days of the Christian year are upon us- Maundy Thursday through Easter. This Lent has been interesting for various reasons. Do you ever want to go deeper in your faith and understanding of your religion?  That’s what happened to me this year and I wondered…

Shmaltz Brewing, Clifton Park NY

Politics

Pints, Planned Parenthood, and Palm Sunday

Written on April 9, 2017

I’m a Christian feminist and I believe bodily autonomy is a prerequisite to living a fulfilling, spiritual  life.  And I also like a good pint. With that in mind, when I was told that Shmaltz Brewing was donating $1 per pint to Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, I knew my husband and I would have to…

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