Mike Fink
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I like unpopular movies.  “Woman in Gold” kept me deeply interested despite, or because of, its negative reviews. Helen Mirren did a superb job of portraying inner turmoil. The camera gave the viewer plenty to think about, not just … more
We met for coffee to discuss her book, its past and its future.  She handed me an advance copy of “Eavesdropping in Oberammergau”: a black and white cover photograph of a cliff and … more
The first matinee at the Providence Place Cinema on a very rainy day. I dislike the lower parking garage, I can’t figure out how to get in and out, so what do I do?  I leave my car at … more
Felix Mendelssohn meant June 21 when he composed the music for the fairytale drama, “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He was referring to the season’s equinox, not the midpoint; rather, the high acme of the season for lofty hopes. more
It’s from Shakespeare, but I drag it out to describe my dilemma in the voting booth. A plague on both your houses!  Along with a feh! The Republicans are right as rain when it comes to issues about Israel.  Strangely, the right gets … more
1938 hurricane: I was in kindergarten. Front window broke, lamp fell on floor. Through grammar school, Depression ended, war began.  Sixth grade: FDR died, V-E Day.  Junior high:  GI uncles and cousins came home. War … more
Patricia Allen, a graduate of Hope High School, RISD and Brown, married Jim Weiss, who grew up in the orphanage at the site of the Miriam Hospital, and among foster homes. They now live in Florida throughout the winter months. Patricia sent me a … more
The young newlywed soldiers from the StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers Tour (see page 3) appeared at Laurelmead Cooperative, in Providence, in April and were warmly received by the mostly elderly … more
My father was born in London – in Whitechapel, the Jewish quarter. He was a first-born – a son! – so I have a fine framed oval portrait of him, dressed rather royally as a toddler, standing proudly and with poise for the … more
In very neat lettering on the shoreline sands, somebody has printed “Summer 2014” and, farther along from the Towers to the Dunes Club, castles of sand are ready to crumble when the tide comes in. Robert Frost wrote, “Ah, when to the … more
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