a short poem

Noon Concert

by Dorothea Grossman

These frail, white widows
who get their hair done weekly
in tight curls,
like little flowers,
bend their heads
until the applause
says it’s time
to be brave again.

Visit the Poetry Foundation for more of her poems, or click here to hear her poems aloud.


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google bike maps?

or google SWIM maps.

I always take the Brooklyn Bridge to work, but after a frustratingly tourist-soaked commute yesterday, I’m trying to find a good route from the Manhattan Bridge. Well, google maps helped me find one…right up the East River.

It’s beta alright. I’ll stick with ridethecity.com.

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enjoy, part II

Best aria around.

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2010 Newbery Award

The 2010 Newbery Award has been given to When You Reach Me, a really remarkable book. When I think about this book, which I read over the summer, what I first think of are the tiny details of place. I think of the main character’s daily walk past the homeless man who sleeps under the mailbox, and of the tasteless strawberries that they buy at their local grocery. I think of the front door to their NY apartment building, which doesn’t close all the way unless yanked shut. This book involves game shows, death, and even time travel, but it’s the details that create the complete world. For me, that’s part of what makes this so wonderful. Think of any of your favorite books from childhood. Before you remember the exact plot of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, say, you’ll think of the feeling of the fur coats brushing past your face, then the startling cold air of Narnia. After reading When You Reach Me, you’ll forget for a moment that you didn’t grow up on the Upper West Side in the 1970s. It’s a great read, and now a Newbery winner.

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While I was away, I was still thinking bikes.

Wow, I look like an alien. I tried on the cool glasses next, I promise.

In other news, my mother emailed me this link about the future F express. Agurhm. Thanks, mom, but I doubt it. The latest news is that the M.T.A. is $200 million short. Oh, and this took them by surprise. A real confidence builder.

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hello again

I was on vacation so went m.i.a. from this blog for a bit. Jet lag + it’s my birthday week = I’m kind of exhausted. Oh, and old. So I give you this brief post of stuff I like this week. And a few bike links to keep things relevant.

For a little adorable in your day, watch this.
For a most excellent book-themed playground, see here.

The bike stuff:

bikes= gifts

“Use waterproof mascara when it’s raining on your bike.”

religion beats bikes #1 wear a wig under your helmet?

religion beats bikes #2 the lawlessness of church business

I guess that’s it. I was going to include a Funny Photo, but I can’t seem to load it. Right-o. More later.

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