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Reckonings

Reel Life

by Jo Page May 15, 2013

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  As somebody who lives in Schenectady, though still new to Schenectady (and then again, not new at all), I’d heard a lot about The Place Beyond the Pines. My neighbor was in it; her house ...

Haunted Grandeur

by Jo Page May 1, 2013

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  I don’t know where I found the 100abandonedhouses.com website, but I know that once I started looking at the images of once-elegant and capacious derelict houses in Detroit, I was deeply intrigued. Kevin Bauman’s emotive ...

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Where’s Fido?

by Jo Page April 18, 2013

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  Jack is a speeding black streak across a white field of snow. Jack is big black comma curled up in his bed on the floor. Jack is a lean, wriggling greeter when you come into ...

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A Kind of Blasphemy

by Jo Page April 4, 2013

  On a recent cover of Yoga Journal I am promised many things: eight building blocks for practicing at home, six best foods to fuel my body, five poses to bring me into deep relaxation and ...

Kitchen Envy

by Jo Page March 20, 2013

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  Watch carefully because I’m about accomplish this fancy, journalistic sleight of hand in which I start this column in a curmudgeonly vein and, by sheer dint of willpower, end up with a column that will ...

To Live

by Jo Page March 6, 2013

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  Writing in the Slate Book Review, Mark O’Connell ends his review of Adam Phillips’ book, Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by saying “And so, while reading [the book], I spent a lot ...

Metamorphosis

by Jo Page February 20, 2013

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  Call it synergy, the turning of the ages, the leading of the Spirit, or just intuition, wishful thinking, odd timing, but I think something is happening to me that seems worth sharing—just in case the ...

Contemplation and Chocolate

by Jo Page January 23, 2013

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  I am one of the 12 people in the United States who has not seen Forrest Gump so I don’t know the context in which he claims that “life is like a box of chocolates. ...

Gun Crazy

by Jo Page January 10, 2013

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  It seems remarkably wasteful to spill more ink arguing for a ban on assault guns and pointing out the proliferation of gun violence in this country when there appears to be some significant percentage of ...

Smart Cookies

by Jo Page December 27, 2012

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  You know what they say: a cookie is never just a cookie. They don’t say that? Well, they should. Because it’s true. And before ours fade fast into the relentless peristalsis of family members and friends, ...

Visions of Light

by Jo Page December 13, 2012

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  On Dec. 13th, St. Lucy’s Day, in many Scandinavian countries and in Lutheran communities in the United States, young girls wearing crowns of candles and bearing plates of saffron buns—to represent St. Lucy’s gouged-out eyes—come ...

Hope Abounds

by Jo Page November 14, 2012

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  Two years ago my daughters and I lost a woman we loved as a mother and grandmother, though she was neither to us. Not closer than kin, but closer than a friend, her loss was ...

Sinners and Saints

by Jo Page October 31, 2012

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  It’s All Saints Day today, November 1st. You say don’t know what All Saints Day is? Well, that’s no problem. Because I am here as your Official Guide and Expert Resource Consultant so that you may ...

The Apple of My Eye

by Jo Page October 3, 2012

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OK, not that we’ve all had our fears allayed about the bacon shortage (there’s no need to go out and stockpile the freezer), let’s talk about the much more real apple deficit that you may ...

Getting Past Stupid

by Jo Page September 19, 2012

  If there’s one thing I understand, after 20 years as an ordained clergy, it’s that faith is irrational. If there’s another thing I understand, it’s that irrationality, while it may provide comfort, insight, inspiration—making art ...

The Grand Tour

by Jo Page September 7, 2012

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Just having bought this new-old house—what I’ve come to think of as a piece of history—a real vacation was out of the question this summer. But I wanted some kind of journey to mark the ...

Dog Days

by Jo Page August 23, 2012

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  I’m sitting here in a pool of sunshine, sky as blue as faded denim, tree branches swaying in the lazy summer breeze, June bugs buzzing and squirrels hornily cavorting. Doesn’t that sound bucolic? A real ...

Sexing the Classics

by Jo Page August 8, 2012

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  You’d think with all the sex there is in the world of literature—Poe with his necrophilia, Hawthorne with his adultery, Mailer and Miller and Updike and Roth with all manner of erotic expressiveness—that we wouldn’t ...

Blameless

by Jo Page July 25, 2012

I was driving, and didn’t catch who was being interviewed on YNN Monday around noontime, but the man was describing how much safer the public would be if more people carried guns. What he said ...

Define and Conquer

by Jo Page July 11, 2012

When Emily Dickinson wrote “Hope is the thing with feathers/That perches in the Soul” I think she comes closer to a definition of hope than Julian Baggini, a British philosopher, does in his lips-tightly-pressed-together piece, ...

Cheesy Temptations

by Jo Page June 27, 2012

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For the most part I’ve come to accept my guilty pleasures. I’m only a little bit ashamed that I rock out in the car when “Man, I Feel like a Woman,” is on the radio. ...

Treasured Relics

by Jo Page May 30, 2012

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The Casper doll is old and wobbly and very discolored—not the ectoplasmic white he once was. And when you pull the string on the side of his neck (and you must do this very gently) ...

The Marrying Kinds

by Jo Page May 16, 2012

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  In his widely-touted and widely-covered commencement address at Liberty University last week, Mitt Romney emphasized that “marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman,” perhaps with the knowledge that when some people hear ...

A Tree Is a Tree

by Jo Page May 2, 2012

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The last time my older daughter visited, she and her younger sister had a conversation about Shel Silverstein’s renowned book, The Giving Tree. Whether you’re five, 45 or much older, you probably know The Giving Tree. But ...

I Am . . . I Said

by Jo Page April 18, 2012

  It is true that I don’t like labeling. I don’t just mean in the racial-profiling, gender-stereotyping, bigoted kind of way. Nobody likes that (well, nobody is supposed to like that, but that’s another column). I ...