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      b25 21This week THE NEW YORKER magazine published five pieces about the notion of “home.” The pieces ranged from Nora Ephron's love affair with her apartment building on the upper west side of New York City, to the home base of the literary/artistic group in Britain called Bloomsbury (of Virginia Woolf fame.) They were fascinating pieces about a sense of place, of something someone called “home.”

      b23 21Women in theater, as in most professions, have long had poor representation and precious little respect for their intelligence. Although an unforgettable icon of theater, the hype around Marilyn Monroe as flaky and overly sexualized, plus the sad and unclear circumstances of her early death at age 36 in 1962 tends to sell her short and overshadow a more nuanced perspective of this actor.

      b22 21“She stole the show.” That's what I heard the newscasters say about Amanda Gorman after the Inauguration ceremonies concluded.  She had read her own poem, "The Hill We Climb," which she finished writing after the rioters stormed the halls of Congress.  At age 22 she's the youngest inaugural poet in US history. She reads with wonderful vocal and facial expression and with the conviction of a woman of color saying, in poetry, "We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another." 

      b2121Yesterday I posted Richard Blanco's poem that he read at Barack Obama's inauguration eight years ago. I heard Blanco speak last year and have been intrigued with him and his poetry ever since. I heard him read this poem “One Today” as well as others from his book HOW TO LOVE A COUNTRY. When exploring a working phrase for this new Hamilton-Gibson year (last year was “All Shall Be Well”) I kept coming to the notion of together and unity and connection. I was reminded of Blanco's poem and was not surprised at the theme of the inauguration we watched yesterday: America United.

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