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After the Light

            “Of all the pitfalls in our paths and the tremendous delays and wanderings off the track I want to say that they are not what they seem to be,” writes the artist Agnes Martin.  “I want to say that all that seems like fantastic mistakes are not mistakes, all […]

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Heaven in Hell’s Kitchen

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn” wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe.   There are many versions of this truth.  Here is Rumi: “When you go through a hard period, When everything seems to oppose you, When you feel you can’t bear even one minute, never give up […]

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Part III: The Night I Died

What really happened that cold night in Hell’s Kitchen?   I glimpsed the deathless. The biggest of the three men slipped behind me and clamped his arm around my throat. Money!  His voice was a rasp.  His massive arm was pressing down on nerves that made it impossible for me to move my arm to reach […]