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Tipping: do we have to?

I’ve updated my earlier critical observations (Tidings, Sept. 2008) about the practice of tipping in America, gratified to see that, even if it took ten years, at least one leading New York restaurant mogul–Danny Meyer–has done away with tipping throughout his 13 … View full post

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Danny Gregory: artist, blogger, author

Danny Gregory is this month’s guest on Tidings.  He is also my son. Danny started his love affair with books when he was six years old which he credits for the creative life he has led ever since. He is a … View full post

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Beggars and begging

Begging: a profession? a misfortune? a job? a scourge? a spiritual practice? an industry? a stain on society? freedom of choice? Lively commentary along with interviews with American tourists to India and Indian bloggers and writers.  Also illustrated blog post here. First … View full post

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Inni Kaur, CEO SikhRI, on leading the Sikh life

  Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, Inni Kaur is the CEO of SikhRI, a global, virtual organization dedicated to promoting the teachings of the Sikh faith.  She tells us about her international childhood,the contradictions she had to untangle in the search for … View full post

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Rembrandt’s Shadow by Janet Lee Berg reviewed

A Picture Is Worth 25 Lives Janet Lee Berg “Rembrandt’s Shadow” Janet Lee Berg Post Hill Press, $15 In the 72 years since it ended, World War II has provided us with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of stories, a global … View full post

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Malek Jandali–Syrian-AmericanSyrian-American composer, pianist and humanitarian activist Malek Jandali talks about his international mission to preserve and protect Syria’s rich embattled heritage and to build peace through music and education.  In this spirit, he founded an annual competition for young pianists and the Pianos for Peace festival in Atlanta. The Carnegie Corporation named him a Great Immigrant in 2015.  The program includes a section from Jandali’s  “Variations for Piano and Orchestra.”  (Broadcast on WPKN radio on April 12, 2017 and produced by Tony Ernst.) composer, pianist, humanitarian

Syrian-American composer, pianist and humanitarian activist Malek Jandali talks about his international mission to preserve and protect Syria’s rich embattled heritage and to build peace through music and education.  In this spirit, he founded an annual competition for young pianists and … View full post

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