Archive for March, 2012

Reflections on an Inspiring Teacher

Posted on March 31st, 2012 by Viveca

Salamanca, summer 1982

Last weekend while I was in Chicago for my high school reunion, I visited one of my favorite teachers and sat in on her class. I was determined to tell her how much her teaching had meant to me. Can you ever do that at the right time? Back then, sure, I knew I liked […]

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Poetry is Fancy

Posted on March 26th, 2012 by Viveca

Sparkly Book

My sister, who teaches high school English, had to leave home for a meeting with a visiting poet. Her young daughter asked, “What’s the meeting about?” My sister answered, “Poetry.” “What’s poetry, mommy?” How do you explain poetry to a child whose stories all rhyme? My sister answered, “It’s when you take nice words and […]

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Alaska 1999

Posted on March 24th, 2012 by Viveca

Iceberg

July 1999 My sister Carita is doing a second master’s (first one was in from the Harvard School of Education) in English through the Bread Loaf program at Middlebury College. This is the English program Robert Frost was at for 40 years. Anyway, I guess it’s designed for working teachers (like her), so instead of […]

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Decimal Dummy

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by Viveca

decimals

On Sunday, The New York Times Metro section featured a giant profile of my pal Hackett. Online and in print, the point of the article, headlined “Building a Better Apocalypse,” was how awesome he is. If anything, however, they underdid it; Hackett is even more awesome in real life than any article could portray him. […]

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National Exposure!

Posted on March 18th, 2012 by Viveca

television

Just pissed off another morning show. Don’t guess I’ll be hearing from them again. They wanted jugglers in a crowd welcoming a weatherman back from his triumphant journey across the country. I said they could post the information on the JuggleNYC Volunteer Request Message Board so interested parties could contact them directly. They said they […]

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The Bible According to Viveca

Posted on March 16th, 2012 by Viveca

Bible, holy

A few years ago my friend Slammin’ and I decided to read the Bible. Now actually I’d tried to read the damn thing on several previous occasions, but I always stalled out. It’s a long, confusing book. This time, though, we were going to do it right, and it was his brilliant idea to form […]

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6: Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx

Posted on March 15th, 2012 by Viveca

6 train last stop

Monday, February 21, 2011 We went to Manhattan. We went to Queens. Now we’ve gone to the Bronx… on what felt like the longest train ride ever. It’s unnerving to check the electronic map and discover you still have 17 more stops to travel. Exiting the 6 train at Pelham Bay Park reminds me of […]

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The Flood

Posted on March 3rd, 2012 by Viveca

Beginning of third flood

2000 and 2010 were the worst years of my relatively good life. I wrote this story near the end of my eight-year tenure at the Big Apple Circus. In retrospect, it contains many signs that the end was near, and I’m not referring to any biblical-type flood prophesy. My office flooded three times in 2000. […]

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The End of the Line

Weighing the options

SIR: St. George, Staten Island

Monday, April 9, 2012 Spring break for the Salisbury (CT) public ...

3: 148th Street/Harlem, Manhattan

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 I read a bit of that Quran, ...

S: Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn

Thursday, August 11, 2011 Boy if I thought Damaso changing his ...

NQ: Astoria/Ditmars Boulevard, Queens

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 It’s been almost five months since our ...

JEZ: Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer, Queens

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 We take the J because we both ...

SIR: Tottenville, Staten Island

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Holy end-of-the-line, Batman, Staten Island is really ...

2: Wakefield/241st Street, The Bronx

Thursday, March 24, 2011 We pull a last-minute switcheroo on our ...

R: Bay Ridge/95th Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 20, 2011 Ooph. No beautiful glowing glass art at ...

L: 14th Street/8th Avenue, Manhattan

Friday, March 18, 2011 This trip feels oddly important. It’s the ...

1: South Ferry, Manhattan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Sometimes, admittedly not as often as I’d ...

L: Rockaway Canarsie, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 13, 2011 After 18 years here, the cultural associations ...

6: Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx

Monday, February 21, 2011 We went to Manhattan. We went to ...

M: Middle Village, Metropolitan Ave., Queens

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Yesterday kids were playing basketball outdoors in ...

A: Inwood-207th Street, Manhattan

Thursday February 3, 2011 The idea had been hanging over my ...