Send In The Women

Send In The Women

Political scientist Valerie M. Hudson wrote: “Men agreed to be ruled by other men in return for all men ruling over women.” It is because of male domination at home and in the political arena that women’s march toward full equality has been painfully slow and tortuous. This year 110 women, nearly all Democrats, were […]

Mozart and Mambo

Mozart and Mambo

Music is a contact sport. An electric current passes through the conductor to the orchestra and through the orchestra to the audience. Audiences clap or shout “Bravo” (unless they boo and hiss.) This response in turn rebounds back to the performers. Gutsavo Dudamel understands this phenomenon extremely well and maximizes the connection. Dudamel is the […]

Jackie and Daniel

Jackie and Daniel

    Hillary and Jackie is a 1998 film about the two British sisters Jacqueline and Hilary du Pre, one a cellist, the other a flutist. The film pretty much mirrors their actual lives. Jackie became a virtuoso at an early age and rose to international prominence. Hilary struggled and eventually gave up performing to […]

Who is he really?

Who is he really?

  He lists his nationality in this way: Palestinian, Argentine, Spanish, Israeli. He was born in Argentina in 1942. His Russian-Jewish parents emigrated to Israel when he was 9. He had already performed his first piano recital. Like so many musicians, he was precocious. He started playing the piano at age five, but his greatest […]

The Man Who Repairs Women

The Man Who Repairs Women

His name is Denis Mukwege. He is a doctor at Panzi Hospital which he created in Bukavu in the Eastern Congo (formerly Zaire) near the border with Burundi. This beautiful region, (parts look like Switzerland and parts like the Caribbean), is being ravaged by more than 20 years of ethnic conflict, tribal wars between rival […]