Archive for September, 2013

James Morris Helfenstein

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

When I first started researching my book, I briefly thought I might parallel 19th century Grace Church choirmaster James Morris Helfenstein with John Maclay, the current choir director of the Choral Society of Grace Church. But Helfenstein was the ...

Village Cakecraft and The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I recently attended the book party for Emily Croy Barker's new novel, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic. It's getting great reviews and I can't wait to read it. From People Magazine: “Centered on more adult ...

More Examples of Alive Inside

Monday, September 16th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

After my post the other day about Alive Inside (about music bringing people back to life) I remembered a section in Oliver Sacks's book Musicophilia. He's describing a group of music therapy patients, people who were like the man ...

Miss Havisham’s Stove

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

I’m not sure if I’ve told the story of how I got the stove pictured below. When I first moved into my apartment (around 1985) the apartment next door to me was empty and it remained empty for years. ...

“A surgical instrument because it would heal you …”

Saturday, September 14th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The following quote is from Alyn Shipton's book, Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter. Percussionist Ray Cooper is describing Harry Nilsson’s voice. Imagine having a voice like this: "The voice was extraordinary and clear, a boy's choir voice in ...