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 […]

Mozart and Mambo

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 […]

Jackie and Daniel

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 […]

Who is he really?

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 […]

The Man Who Repairs Women

Gee…Mail

We often think of ourselves as unique and different from other living beings and mostly for the wrong reasons. We are not the only animal capable of compassion and empathy. We are not the only animal capable of living in organized societies. We are not the only animal capable of trickery, deceit or betrayal. But […]

Gee…Mail

Is Access to Abortion A Human Right?

    Over the last 30 years more than 25 countries have changed their laws to provide greater access to abortion.  Unrestricted abortion is now available in he United Sates, Canada  most European nations, China, South Africa , and Tunisia among others. But in Latin America and the Caribbean 97% of women live in countries with […]

Is  Access to Abortion A Human Right?