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Braving the Piano Recital

This moment–eight minutes before the start of their piano recital–is the most serious I have seen Silas. Also the stillest. And maybe that’s because his stomach is all trembly about plunking those piano keys up there alone for all those folks in the pews. But he rises. And he sits. And he plays his In My Red […]

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What it Costs

Silas is a mix of snot and fumbled fingers. His wad of toilet paper in his front pocket is at the ready for when frustration signals his nose to run. Or for when his brain says, “enough,” and I’ve asked him to try one more time. He can catch the tears there, too. I’m in […]

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Beyond Entertained

There’s nothing wrong with Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer. Nor the modified version, which my daughter’s been plunking out on the piano.   For the last six months. What’s wrong is that each time I hear the thing, I keep hearing the thing.  The melody. The rhythm. All still in my head.  Yay. This morning, as The […]

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