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November 2011

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Letter from Tokyo: Sukiyaki with an Arctic Tern


Dear Friends, For the last two days, I’ve been reading back issues of National Geographic. There are about fifty National Geographics lying around the breakroom at my school, and I’ve resisted them until this week. My relationship with each and every one of the National…

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Love Sponge Cake and Solidarity Cookies


Everybody wants a happy end. – Solidarity (Black Uhuru) Dear Friends, I haven’t made a cake since 1989. I used to love baking from scratch: cracking a few eggs, mixing sugar and butter, throwing in a dash of vanilla, adding…

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“It’s On Fire Tonight… Haha Ah Yea!”


Can I get some kick please? – DJ Flex (The Waterdance) Dear Friends, Saturday was a rainy, dreary day, which was absolutely perfect, because I had to work.  The only thing more ideal than going to work would’ve been staying in…

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A Letter to Carolyn M. Rodgers

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A few years ago in the “winter of my discontent,” my friend Darius sent my soul sustenance with an email simply titled “Hey.” In Darius’s message, he included Carolyn M. Rodgers’s poem “In the Shadow of Turning: Throwing Salt.” Since…

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A Post Mojito

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Nothing lasts forever not even cold November rain. — Guns N’ Roses (November Rain) Dear Friends, Here’s an 11/11/11 cocktail: The Mint: My friend A‘s birthday was on Sunday, and as mine was on Wednesday, we decided to have a joint…

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“I Got Nuttin’ But Love For Ya”


A few years ago, I had a blog on where I wrote often about the impact of New Jack Swing on the musical landscape of my life. When I was twelve, I honestly thought that when I was an adult (20…