Archive for the ‘Gallimaufry’ Category

Life in Links

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Viveca

red hat red wall

Places I’ve been, stuff I’ve done. This is most of my life in links.   Now David Gallo Design, 2014–Present CircusNYC, 2004–present JuggleNYC, 2002–present Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, 2002–present Playful Productions, 2001–Present   Then Big Apple Circus, 2015-2016 CircusTalk, 2014-2015 Circus of the Kids, 2013–2015 Wuqiao Circus Festival & Tour, 2009 Kaplan and Kaplan International, 2004–2013 […]

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Posted on April 26th, 2012 by Viveca

hearing aid

One time when I was visiting Al he asked me to help him deal with some bureaucratic VA stuff. He often wants help with that kind of thing. This time he wanted to know how to get a new pair of glasses and hearing aids. He said he was entitled to them, once a year, […]

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Me or a Ham Sandwich

Posted on April 20th, 2012 by Viveca

ham sandwich

By late 2011, I was finally beginning to get some recognition from Al’s caregivers at the VA nursing home, and they invited me to attend his care meeting. I met a roomful of nutritionists, nurses, physical therapists, chaplains, doctors, social workers, and other hospital staff. They were all very kind and respectful and listened to […]

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High Five, Wi-Fi, & Dares

Posted on April 16th, 2012 by Viveca

Pedro Friedeberg hand chair

I have a hillbilly friend who stays here once a year for the unicycle festival. I also have an old wooden chair shaped like a hand. It was my grandmother’s. In my family we call it the hand chair. Among my friends we call the hillbilly either Kentucky John or Boomhauer, because he talks like […]

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Chooze Something Else

Posted on April 15th, 2012 by Viveca

Ronne's Rugelach

Who the hell puts cream cheese in ice cream? Cream cheese is okay. Cheesecake is okay. Cheesecake ice cream? Blech. Tastes like sour milk. Tonight’s culprit pulled a marketing trick that would have left a sour taste in my mouth even if the ice cream hadn’t. Doesn’t this sound delicious? Chozen All-Natural Ice Cream: Ronne’s […]

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Annika, Auntika, & Grandma-ika

Posted on April 4th, 2012 by Viveca


Today is my niece Eden’s tenth birthday. Next week she’s coming to spend her spring break at “Camp Viveca.” I can’t wait! I already have tickets to two circuses and a long list of other activities planned. Eden and her older sister, Annika, have stayed with me a few times, but this is the first […]

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Reflections on an Inspiring Teacher

Posted on March 31st, 2012 by Viveca

Salamanca, summer 1982

Last weekend while I was in Chicago for my high school reunion, I visited one of my favorite teachers and sat in on her class. I was determined to tell her how much her teaching had meant to me. Can you ever do that at the right time? Back then, sure, I knew I liked […]

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Poetry is Fancy

Posted on March 26th, 2012 by Viveca

Sparkly Book

My sister, who teaches high school English, had to leave home for a meeting with a visiting poet. Her young daughter asked, “What’s the meeting about?” My sister answered, “Poetry.” “What’s poetry, mommy?” How do you explain poetry to a child whose stories all rhyme? My sister answered, “It’s when you take nice words and […]

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The Bible According to Viveca

Posted on March 16th, 2012 by Viveca

Bible, holy

A few years ago my friend Slammin’ and I decided to read the Bible. Now actually I’d tried to read the damn thing on several previous occasions, but I always stalled out. It’s a long, confusing book. This time, though, we were going to do it right, and it was his brilliant idea to form […]

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Posted on February 15th, 2012 by Viveca

playing card 5 of clubs

February 14, 2012 Today I flashed five clubs for the first time. That means I threw five clubs in the air and caught them. When I can catch each one once with each hand (twice as many as I did today), I’ll be able to say I juggled five clubs. Well, technically I could say […]

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January 2020
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The End of the Line

Fence cling

A: Howard Beach/JFK, Queens

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Damaso and I were both in town ...

SIR: St. George, Staten Island

Monday, April 9, 2012 Spring break for the Salisbury (CT) public ...

3: 148th Street/Harlem, Manhattan

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 I read a bit of that Quran, ...

S: Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn

Thursday, August 11, 2011 Boy if I thought Damaso changing his ...

NQ: Astoria/Ditmars Boulevard, Queens

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 It’s been almost five months since our ...

JEZ: Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer, Queens

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 We take the J because we both ...

SIR: Tottenville, Staten Island

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Holy end-of-the-line, Batman, Staten Island is really ...

2: Wakefield/241st Street, The Bronx

Thursday, March 24, 2011 We pull a last-minute switcheroo on our ...

R: Bay Ridge/95th Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 20, 2011 Ooph. No beautiful glowing glass art at ...

L: 14th Street/8th Avenue, Manhattan

Friday, March 18, 2011 This trip feels oddly important. It’s the ...

1: South Ferry, Manhattan

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Sometimes, admittedly not as often as I’d ...

L: Rockaway Canarsie, Brooklyn

Sunday, March 13, 2011 After 18 years here, the cultural associations ...

6: Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx

Monday, February 21, 2011 We went to Manhattan. We went to ...

M: Middle Village, Metropolitan Ave., Queens

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Yesterday kids were playing basketball outdoors in ...

A: Inwood-207th Street, Manhattan

Thursday February 3, 2011 The idea had been hanging over my ...