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Ladino: A Half-Forgotten Language

Last week I read an article about Sephardic Jews who were getting Portuguese passports because of Brexit.  It was a fascinating bit of news that reminded me of something I had written years ago. In 1996 I received a fellowship to study Ladino, a mix of 15th Century Spanish and Hebrew.  My travels took me […]

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My favorite jazz

Recently I put together a playlist with my favorite jazz. I arranged almost all the tracks chronologically from Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller to Wynton Marsalis. It is about five hours of the best jazz of the past 100 years. Here is a link to the playlist on Spotify. I hope you enjoy it. […]

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Letter to my nephews

You can learn a lot from books, but many things can only be learned the hard way by living, suffering and enjoying life. A year and a half ago, I was in a plane with very bad turbulence, and I worried that if the plane went down, many of the lessons I’ve learned in life […]

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Carta a mis sobrinos (Letter to my nephews in Spanish)

Puedes aprender mucho leyendo libros, pero hay cosas que solo se aprenden a traves de la experiencia, viviendo, sufriendo y disfrutando de la vida. Hace un año y medio, yo estaba viajando en avión y atravesamos una turbulencia muy mala. Me preocupó que si el avión se estrellaba, muchas de las lecciones que he aprendido […]

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