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A Wild Patience
Musings on memories, thought and reason
Where I come from Thoughts on influences and significant encounters
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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (3)

Posted 15-Apr-2015 at 12:06 AM (00:06) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 15-Apr-2015 at 12:13 AM (00:13) by BluePoppy


In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)


Newell at the piano with his wife Barbara on the violin.

Yesterday the Boston Globe ran the obituary for my friend Newell. You can read it here. Since it includes only a couple of lines from a poem he wrote last November which I found quite remarkable, let me share it with you:
Quote:
Little Things I can still do

I can sit.
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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (2)

Posted 08-Apr-2015 at 02:07 AM (02:07) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 14-Apr-2015 at 11:48 PM (23:48) by BluePoppy


In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)

The group from Nicaragua arrived in Boston in early September of 2001 and was with us during the September 11 terror attacks. For most, if not all of them it had been the first trip on an airplane. While everybody tried to keep calm, you could tell how scared they were the first couple of days post 9/11. No planes were flying and many wondered, if they would be able to return home as planned. Others were scared of the destructive
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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (1)

Posted 04-Apr-2015 at 11:11 PM (23:11) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 08-Apr-2015 at 02:15 AM (02:15) by BluePoppy




In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)



Where I come from has many aspects. Family, social and racial background, beliefs of all sorts, education, thoughts and books I have been exposed to, travel and last but not least the people I have met along the way. I have no particular order in which I write about those influences. I’d rather like to follow my daily
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Where I come from. Part Two: Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) or Bridging the Gap

Posted 22-Mar-2015 at 09:59 PM (21:59) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 22-Mar-2015 at 11:19 PM (23:19) by BluePoppy




Muriel Rukeyser, undated

Without her environments realizing it, a poet’s education starts early in life. For a white child growing in to her power of language within white discourse this will naturally be very different from a Black child fending for herself in the projects.

Most of the poetry the white child will read for many years, when poetry is both sustenance
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Where I come from. Part One: Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) or The Interconnectedness of Everything

Posted 15-Mar-2015 at 03:32 AM (03:32) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 22-Mar-2015 at 09:25 PM (21:25) by BluePoppy



Muriel Rukeyser: I remember distinctly the first time I heard her name – at graduate school in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts in 1993. The Five Colleges were the best place for me to get an education in liberal arts and American thought. The consortium Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith College as well as the University of Massachusetts to this day offers the best in higher education and identity formation for young adults.

I was lucky enough to
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Of Finnish dragonflies & Himalayan poppy

Posted 14-Mar-2015 at 06:20 AM (06:20) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 15-Mar-2015 at 03:39 AM (03:39) by BluePoppy

Years ago when I was traveling in Zanskar and Ladakh, I noticed probably the most delicate flower I had ever seen: blue poppy. Unlike my sister, who is a botanist, I would not be able to make any further distinction other than its color. It was very different from Californian poppy (bright orange in color), which I also adore and in turn is a whole different matter than the large poppy fields of Afghanistan that I visited during an assignment there.

However, the sight of this Himalayan variety
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