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On the “New Normal”

Lately, our theme seems to be “almost normal.” My kids have started going back to in-person orchestra rehearsals, which is “normal” by pre-pandemic standards while being infused with pandemic modifications: everyone wears special masks to allow them to play their instruments while still being masked, brass instruments use bell covers, woodwinds—including the bassoons—have their instruments … Continue reading On the “New Normal”

Bookends: September 2021

With the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this month, I saw two things: a lot of posts and commentary about the sense of unity that existed in the United States in the days following the attacks, and a lot of “This isn’t who we are” in response to racially or ethnically motivated violence. The … Continue reading Bookends: September 2021