The Solanum

by Kevin T McEneaney    In memory of Nikolai Vavilov   During the dreadful siege of Leningrad, scientists willingly starved themselves to death rather than eat edible tuber seeds stored…

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A Short History of Art

by Kevin T McEneaney If we possessed all Greek literature, painting, and sculpture, we’d be overwhelmed, proceed to learn, study Greek dialects, while their music would be irrelevant.   Vivaldi’s…

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Bard SummerScape: Nadia Boulanger and her World

Nadia Boulanger conducting by Kevin T McEneaney Nadia Boulanger was the most influential music teacher of the twentieth century. Some of her pupils: Igor Stravinsky, Virgil Thompson, Aaron Copland, Elliot…

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Monarchs

by Bill Schlesinger Those of us who collected butterflies as kids know that their populations are much lower now than in the 1950s.  Our data are only memories, now reinforced…

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Benjamin Hochman Captivates at The Stissing Center

Photo by The Stissing Center by Tonia Shoumatoff Benjamin Hochman, piano virtuoso extraordinaire, played to a packed house of over 135 masked and vaccinated listeners at The Stissing Center in…

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On Poetic Elevators

by Kevin T McEneaney It’s the ups and downs that get your liver— not the roller coaster of life’s events, but sudden change when going up and down which makes…

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Once: An Innovative Experience

by Kevin T McEneaney Once, now playing at the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck, is a 2011 musical stage version of the 2007 film Once with music and lyrics…

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Rail Mantra

by Kevin T McEneaney You see sunlight on steel rails and glance up to see an image mirrored in lake where three granite boulders dance like dice across a discarded…

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Arboreal Dimensions of Biodiversity

by Bill Schlesinger (Coauthor of this guest blog, Charles Cannon is Director of the Center for Tree Science at the Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois.) Ecologists and conservation biologists often characterize…

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