Almost Like Praying

Lin-Manuel Miranda & guests to benefit Puerto Rico

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Last Chances

Fall, even the name says down
Crushed into the earth.
The leaves of autumn become
No more than mulch, sacrificing what has been
To a future spring.

Foot falls, damp, the lamps of
Twilight wash sidewalks
Already wet with fog
Old songs filter through
The air thick with might have been.

Low moaning of horns and whining of clarinets
Sing of places at the end of a bar,
Old movies, and mysterious women in black
A time when gravity finally wins
Taking hold of a year almost done.

Cocktails and Broken Hearts by Jack Vettriano


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L’Shana Tovah!

Avinu Malkeinu

Hear our prayer
We have sinned before Thee
Have compassion upon us and upon our children
Help us bring an end to pestilence, war, and famine
Cause all hate and oppression to vanish from the earth
Inscribe us for blessing in the Book Of Life
Let the new year be a good year for us
Avinu malkeinu sh’ma kolenu
Avinu malkeinu chatanu l’faneycha
Avinu malkeinu alkenu chamol aleynu
V’al olaleynu v’tapenu
Avinu malkeinu
Kaleh dever v’cherev v’raav mealeynu
Avinu malkeinu kalehchol tsar
Umastin mealeynu
Avinu malkeinu
Avinu malkeinu
Kotvenu b’sefer chayim tovim
Avinu malkeinu chadesh aleynu
Chadesh a leynu shanah tovah
Sh’ma kolenu
Sh’ma kolenu
Sh’ma kolenu
Avinu malkeinu
Avinu malkeinu
Chadesh a leynu
Shanah tovah
Avinu malkeinu
Sh’ma kolenu
Sh’ma kolenu
Sh’ma kolenu
Sh’ma kolenu
Songwriters: M Janowsk
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Who Done It? She Did

On this day in History, Agatha Christie was born.  Because of this, other people had a whole lot of late nights trying to unravel the mysteries she conjured.  She wrote over 70 stories, a large percentage best sellers.  Plays and movies have resulted from the 1930s until today.

She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.

This year Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as Hercule Poirot in a remake of Murder on The Orient Express.  Will he use the same ending (hush because you probably know) or will he alter in some way?  The all-star cast is among the Who’s Who of film actors.

A small taste of what is coming your way November 10.


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For Irma

Storm Racked

How should I sing when buffeting salt waves
And stung with bitter surges, in whose might
I toss, a cockleshell? The dreadful night
Marshals its undefeated dark and raves
In brutal madness, reeling over graves
Of vanquished men, long-sunken out of sight,
Sent wailing down to glut the ghoulish sprite
Who haunts foul seaweed forests and their caves.
No parting cloud reveals a watery star,
My cries are washed away upon the wind,
My cramped and blistering hands can find no spar,
My eyes with hope o’erstrained, are growing blind.
But painted on the sky great visions burn,
My voice, oblation from a shattered urn!

Amy Lowell

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