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The Getaway Car

Summertime and the livin’ is… George Gershwin Midlife crisis.  He had all the outward and visible signs. He started wearing a baseball cap to cover his balding head. In his late forties, he got a tattoo for the very first time.  And he got a getaway car – the classic imported convertible kind. Even used,…

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B(u)y the Book, By the Sea, Bipolar

“Summertime and the Livin’ is…” George Gershwin A bibliophile, my book stack is always piled high. There are so many reasons why I read but the beauty of a book, no matter what it is about, is that it can be read anywhere. Portable inspiration, intellectual inquiry, history, mystery, biography, theology, romance, and travelogue. Over…

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Waiting for Georgia

I’m not much of a poet, but I felt compelled to write this poem almost a year ago, during the height of the pandemic, while waiting for the arrival of our daughter, Georgie, who is almost 10 months now.  With a full heart, we took this pic together on our first family vacation to Newport,…

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“Summertime and the Livin’ is Blank.” : Blog Prompt on Voices!

George Gershwin composed “Summertime” — the  iconic song for the opera Porgy & Bess  in 1933. Gershwin wanted to craft a spiritual in the style of  an African American folk tune. The lyrics, based on Heyward Dubose’s poem, were inspired by the lullaby “All My Trials.” The song sings of a summer of loss and longing. “Summertime” is sung several times throughout the opera. Its…

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