Author Archives: Jon

About Jon

Keyboard artist, sacred musician, teacher, writer, working in New York City and State. Many interests include music theory and history, literature, astronomy, genealogy, philosophy and theology, gardening, and good food.

My Wonderful Committee

Just back from two days in the city working with the Committee on Professional Certification, which I’ve chaired for three years now.  The current makeup of the committee is wonderful–a mix of talents and perspectives that blends together into a … Continue reading

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The Stars Last Night

Make that two nights ago…I’m losing track… Anyway, Lyra was up early, while the sky was still aglow with  solstitial sunset. I resolved Epsilon Lyrae, the famous double-double, as well as Sheliak and the nearby Ring Nebula. Vega is dazzlingly … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Country

This is why. Just now, for the first time in my life, I was approached by a pair of yearling deer.  They were as gentle as could be… big soft eyes with pretty eyelashes… lovely ears… curious and polite… quite … Continue reading

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It’s a Cheetah

This is the single best article on “giftedness” that I’ve ever read. Have a great day!

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Mars etc.

I was up before 2:30 this morning to have a look at Mars, which is drawing ever nearer.  This July marks its closest approach since the spectacular event of 2003. The red planet was hiding behind dense foliage, so I … Continue reading

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Facebook and Friendship

As time passes, I become happier with my decision to forsake Facebook.  Today’s news involves deep privacy breaches, about which Zuckerberg apparently lied to Congress. Zuckerberg’s agenda was never to “bring people together.” In any case, experience teaches that a … Continue reading

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As May Ends

There have been many rainy days, and I’m told more are to come.  This morning is perfect.  It’s summery, sunny, a little humid, the kind of morning where gardening is a pleasure. The irises are doing great (except one that … Continue reading

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Genius

I find it irritating to read popular articles on the topic of “genius.”  Here is a good example. There’s this ridiculous sentence, which is featured as a pull-quote in the article: Genius, as a noun, has always been a sort … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Artichokes

It was one of those hilarious-infuriating moments where you just have to bite your tongue and then top up your cocktail. “They’re not Jerusalem artichokes, they’re Israeli Sunflowers,” I was told forcefully. There’s no such thing as an Israeli Sunflower, … Continue reading

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Saunders Peony Update

Last fall I wrote about a Saunders peony I’d been sent, from upstate New York by way of Madison, Connecticut. It was a small bit of peony, but it had red eyes on it, and I planted it and hoped … Continue reading

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